In partnership with the City of Kingston, Innovate Kingston provides its members with event and workspace in the newly-renovated 150-year old landmark in the heart of Portsmouth Village.
Located across from Portsmouth Olympic Harbour, steps from stores and local pub, and only a few blocks from the heart of downtown, the Town Hall is our headquarters and a place where entrepreneurs are welcome for events, meetings and to connect with other like-minded people.
As a shared collaborative space, members enjoy access to our conference rooms, private meeting rooms on both lower and upper levels, as well as a shared kitchen. Our space features hot desks that can be used on a first-come, first-served basis.
The building is connected with high-speed fibre internet, offering access to large-screen tele-conferencing services in conference and private meeting rooms. This facility also offers members free parking, generously provided by the City of Kingston.
To use the facility, you must be an Innovate Kingston member, have attended and completed one of our bi-monthly (twice per month) Orientation Sessions, and pay our $89 monthly Cost Recovery Fee. The upstairs event space is available after business hours and on weekends to those who meet these criteria for an additional $199 Cost Recovery Fee per usage. Qualifying members are given access to the online bookings calendar to reserve space which is done a first-come, first served basis.
To learn more about the use of the space, please register for an upcoming Orientation Session.
- Totally Renovated Workspace (November 2016)
- Conference Rooms
- Private Meeting Rooms
- High-speed Fibre Internet / WiFi
- Mailing Address
- Free Parking
- Large Event Space
- Workshop Hosting
History of The Town Hall
Located at 623 King Street West, the 150 year old heritage-designated building is located in Aberdeen Park. McCormick Rankin Corp., and Andrew Scheinman describe the area from the 2004 Building Conversation Master Plan:
“Possibly the last design of one of Kingston’s most important architects, William Coverdale, the former Portsmouth Town Hall is a key element in the retention of the unique identity of the former village. With construction supervised by Coverdale’s colleague and sometimes rival John Power, it is a fine stone structure built of limestone quarried virtually at the site. The Greek revival structure still retains its open park setting and view to the harbor.”
The building was an extremely important centre for the village as many social and political activities took place there, such as Council meetings, church group activities, temperance meetings, political rallies and bazaars. The Town Hall was even used by the local militia as a drill hall and armoury. It also included a village gaol consisting of two cells with windows that looked up the hill toward the penitentiary; today, one barred window still remains.