Saturday, August 27, 2011

Hooper Experimental Farm, Rustico Road

     I was out by this farmstead this morning.  The view from the road gives you no clue of the importance this farm played in the farming industry of Prince Edward Island - it was an experimental farm.  The Hooper family lived in the house and operated the farm.  It's located on the Rustico Rd. (Rte.6) between Oyster Bed Bridge and Toomb's Corner in Anglo Rustico.  When the leaves are off the trees you can see into the back of the farmyard and all the old buildings with trees growing up around and through them.
Below are photos I took of the house in October 2008.

P.S.  I came across this photo on Earle's Pictures Restoration's Photos on Facebook on Mar. 13, 2014.
Caption: Farmhouse 1936.

Sutherland House, Seaview

This house was brought back to my attention recently!  As I say, I have enough photos and information on Island buildings that this blog could be a full time job!
On August 25, 2009 I took these photos of the 16-room Sutherland House (aka "Melrose Cottage").  The house was built in 1860 and had been for sale since the late 90's - it finally sold last year.  On June 11, 1999 two friends and I arranged to see the house through the real estate agent.  (see Real Estate sheet below).  Thinking I'd like to take on another renovation project I dreamed of transforming this place to its former grandeur but it would have been a huge project.  Below:  the south/front view of the house, facing the road, Rte. 103.
Below: southwest view.
Below: west view - note the board and batten siding and the running gingerbread barge board.
Below:  Beautiful detailing - note the attic window.  My trusty friend Arnold is peering in the windows - he's often in my photos of old houses - great for scale!
Below:  the east view - similar to the west end, the wall is shingled.
Below: further down the east wall - the back kitchen and porch.
Below: the northeast view.
Below:  the Sutherland House in its glory as illustrated in Meacham's 1880 Atlas of PEI - page 145.
Below:  this is from the photo collection of L.M.Montgomery at Guelph University.  Lucy Maud Montgomery's aunt (her father's sister) married Robert Sutherland of this place.
Below:  a couple of basic floor plan sketches I prepared from visiting the property (I didn't take measurements) and taking room sizes from the real estate listing.
Below: the Real Estate listing.
Below:  Faye Pound was featured in a Journal Pioneer article about this house last summer.

A house full of history in Seaview

Faye Pound will be speaking at Keir Memorial Museum on Wednesday about this Seaview house.

Published on July 26, 2010 - Amber Nicholson/Journal Pioneer

Seaview - Historical architecture enthusiast Faye Pound will share her knowledge of the John Sutherland House at the Keir Memorial Museum's Summer Historical Series tomorrow.

Pound has spent most of her life researching the architecture and stories that make up some of the oldest buildings on P.E.I.
"I find historical research very satisfying," Pound said. "I love all old buildings, but there is something about houses that make them my favorite."
Built in 1860 near Seaview, the John Sutherland house is one of the few remaining historical homes that is being kept in its original form.
"This house is gloriously old," Pound raved. "It is one of my favorite houses on P.E.I."
The 16-room house, nicknamed the Melrose Cottage, was built by John St. Clair Sutherland. He, and his wife Marion, moved to P.E.I. from Scotland in 1842.
"It is a gothic revival house," Pound explained. "It was built with a lot of Scottish detailing and design."
Original features that still remain intact today include a teardrop-trim pierced with triangles, six over six windows made of hand-blown glass and handmade, square-headed nails.
Five generations of Sutherlands had their turn living in the home. The final Sutherland to live there was Barbara Sutherland who moved out two years ago when the home became unsafe to live in.
"It just became too difficult for her," explained Pound. "It needs quite a bit of repair."
Joe Schurman of Summerside purchased the heritage home. He now lives in Texas, but has contractors working to repair the home.
"We're thrilled someone is taking care of it, and sensitively," said Pound.
She said Schurman is ensuring contractors are careful not to alter the original character of the building.
Pound will speak in detail about the home at 10 a.m. on Wednesday at Keir Memorial Museum.
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     The following information comes from Jane N Mike Gaudet's Facebook page...
*Sutherland, John Sinclair, Esq.
(Princetown Presbyterian Church cemetery, Malpeque, Lot 18)
d. 5 June 1882, aged 68 years, emigrated from Caithness, Scotland in 1842. His wife, Marion Miller, d. 15 July 1901, aged 77 years.
*Sutherland, Robert
Agriculturist - 15 July 1905, page 5, col. 3
The remains of the late Robert Sutherland, Sea View, were laid to rest Wednesday afternoon, the funeral taking place from his home to Malpeque Cemetery where he was interred beside his father. The service in the house was conducted by Rev. E. J. Rattee, after which the casket, covered with many floral tributes, was brought out on the lawn where the members of King Edward Lodge A.F. & A.M., of which he was a member, conducted their impressive burial service. The largest concourse of people and carriages seen in that locality for some years followed the remains to the grave. The pallbearers were His Honor Governor McKinnon, Benj. Rogers, Esq., Charlottetown; Dr. Darrach, H. A. Leslie, Kensington; James Tuplin, New Annan; John S. Cousins, Park Corner. Among the prominent men present were Matthew Smith, Hon. Peter McNutt, Hon. Geo. Simpson, Hon. Wm. Campbell, Horace Haszard, A. C. Warburton, Donald Nicholson, J. D. McLeod, D. Montgomery, Alberton, and others.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Central United Church, Dunstaffnage

     I was out this way the other day the church is located on Rte. 2 Highway in Dunstaffnage.
The church was built in the early 1920's.
      The church's shape, form and detailing is similar in many ways to church's found throughout rural Prince Edward Island.
Update - March 5, 2017
     I just came across this information  - this church was design by architect James Edward Harris (1886-1954) - James was the nephew of well-known Island architect William Harris.
See website for info and photo below:

Arnold's House in Canadian Home & Country 2003

I was looking for some old photos and came across this article which was in the Canadian Home & Country Magazine in the summer of 2003.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Beautiful Summerside

Below is a  wonderful walking tour booklet of Summerside - it features the great residental architecture of Summerside which is well known throughout Canada.  The following are a few pages from that booklet.
 Above: Front Cover
Above: Back Cover

For more information about the City of Summerside refer to the following websites:

Government House / Fanningbank, Charlottetown

Built in 1834, Government House ( also known as Fanningbank ) is the home of Prince Edward Island's Lt. Governor.  The house is situated on the west side of Charlottetown where Fitzroy Street leads into Victoria Park.  The photo below shows the entrance to the estate - the gates and guardhouse were reconstructed a few years ago to reflect the original entry.  I took the photo below this morning following a visit to Beaconsfield.

Government House was built in 1834 as the official residence for the Lieutenant Governors of Prince Edward Island. The white wooden shingled building has a commanding view of Charlottetown Harbour and is surrounded by spacious lawns, tree-lined walks, and formal gardens.

Front Entrance to Fanningbank

Government House's heritage value lies in its well preserved exterior and interior elements. It represents several important eras in the Island's political development: from colonial administration, to the achievement of Responsible Government, to the Confederation era.

St. John's Island (later Prince Edward Island) became a separate colony from Nova Scotia in 1769, but did not attain a distinctive home for its governor until 1834. In this year, Government House was erected on land which had been set aside in 1789 by then governor Edmund Fanning. Hence, the origin of the residence's official name, Fanningbank.

Fanningbank was the host of many significant events in Prince Edward Island and Canadian history. These included the 1860 visit of Edward, Prince of Wales; the 1864 Charlottetown Conference where delegates, including John A. Macdonald, posed on the steps for a photograph. During the First World War, the Lieutenant Governor offered the residence as a convalescent home for returning soldiers. Later in the century, Queen Elizabeth II stayed here in 1959 during her Canadian Tour.

Today, Fanningbank is the venue to highlight the accomplishments of Islanders with the annual presentation of the Order of Prince Edward Island, as well as other recognition ceremonies for programs such as the Prince Edward Island Environmental Awards.

Source: PEI Culture and Heritage Division, Community and Cultural Affairs, Heritage Places Designation File # 4320-20/G1

Below are more references for more information:

Monday, August 22, 2011

MacAllister Homestead restored, New London

I was out by this house yesterday on the Fountain Road in New London.  This Island-ell style farmhouse has undergone a major restoration/renovation.  The homestead originally belonged to the MacAllister family and likely built the house in the late 1800s.  The house had been abandoned in recent years.
Below:  The house has new clapboard and cedar shingle siding.  The exterior detailing has been restored.

Door Knob Set

My brother bought four sets of these door latches complete with skeleton key and strike.  The seller got them from an old store that had been closed up.  The old sets were found packed away still in new condition.
The plastic tie is new by my brother to keep everything together.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Hyndman House, Fort Amherst, Rocky Point

While at Rocky Point we walked around the farmhouse adjacent to the Port-la-Joye /Fort Amherst interpretive center.  The Hyndman house has had alot of recent repairs complete with a new roof. 
The following is from the Parks Canada Website: 
     ...A variety of landowners farmed the land until 1959, when owner John Hyndman sold the land for its creation as a national historic park. The site was officially opened in 1973. cf.
Below:  View of the house from the rear /west.
Below:  side window with interesting trim above that runs up to and around the verandah.

Blockhouse Point Lighthouse, Rocky Point

Down at Rocky Point there's a great lighthouse called Blockhouse.  Below are references to it's history.
1851. Active; focal plane 17 m (56 ft); white light occulting every 4 s. 12 m (40 ft) square pyramidal wood tower with lantern and gallery, attached at one corner of a 2-story wood keeper's house. Buildings painted white with red trim; lantern and gallery painted red. This is the second oldest lighthouse on the island. Located off PE 19 on the west side of Charlottetown harbor.   cf.
     Established in 1851, located on the west side of the entrance to Charlottetown Harbour.
     This lighthouse is a century old and basically as it was when built. It is the second oldest lighthouse on the shores of Prince Edward Island. The structure has not been restored. It consists of a square wooden tower tapered, with attached two-storey dwelling. Overall height base to vane is 42 feet and is 56 feet above high water. The tower itself is 40 feet in height, surmounted by an octagonal lantern on a warehouse roof. The ground floor of the dwelling was designed with a kitchen, parlour, and two bedrooms, and on the first floor with four more bedrooms and a bathroom. It became automated on July 25, 1962.
     Besides serving its important function as a navigational aid on the approach to the harbour, this old lighthouse complements nicely the historical setting of old Charlottetown.
     To find this lighthouse, from Charlottetown travel west on the Trans Canada Route 1 to Cornwall. Turn onto Route 19, Blue Heron Drive and follow it around past Rocky Point. Turn off towards Fort Amherst/Port La Joye National Historic Site and follow the road right to the end, where you will end up in the lighthouse yard. An excellent vantage point for this light is from the park mentioned above. At the lower corner of the park the light is visible and nicely framed by woods and bushes, begging to be photographed.
Above:  note the door into the lighthouse with the elaborate brackets holding up the little roof above.
Blockhouse Point: SW of Charlottetown Harbour, Lot 65.  For one or more blockhouses built there.  On Bayfield 1846.  French map 1749 and Pichon 1760 Pte a la Flamme (meaning "pennant"); plan 1819 Beacon Point, with a notation of 1848: "Block House and Battery in Ruins".  cf.  Geographical Place Names of PEI by Alan Rayburn - page 25.

What is a blockhouse? 
In military science, a blockhouse is a small, isolated fort in the form of a single building. It serves as a defensive strong point against any enemy that does not possess siege equipment or, in modern times, artillery. A fortification intended to resist these weapons is more likely to qualify as a fortress or a redoubt, or in modern times, be an underground bunker.  cf.