Saturday, September 10, 2016

Evolution of the Acadian Home - Georges Arsenault

    Last Thursday evening I attended a very interesting talk by Georges Arsenault at the Farmer's Bank Museum in Rustico.   The following is the promotional write-up for the talk...
"a lecture by historian Georges Arsenault, entitled “The Evolution of Acadian Homes”, will take place on Thursday, Sept. 8, at 7:30 p.m.  Arsenault’s illustrated talk will deal with the evolution of Acadian homes in Prince Edward Island over the 18th and 19th century, from the pioneer log homes to the beautiful residences of prominent Acadians. He will present numerous photos of houses from various Acadian regions of the Island and also, in some cases, photos of the people who inhabited them.  Arsenault, who has written many books on Acadian history and folklore, has received many awards over the years. On Canada Day this year, it was announced that he had been named a member of the Order of Canada. Gov.-Gen. David Johnston cited Arsenault in a news conference for his “contributions to the research, conservation and promotion of Prince Edward Island’s Acadian history, culture and traditions”.
     It was interesting to learn of a particular architectural style of expanding a home common to the Evangeline Region of the Island.  When a home owner decided to expand/ modernize his home, the house was lengthen (possibly by 12' or more), the roof pitch raised to be steeper and a steep-roofed centre gable added.  One such example was that of Cajetan Arsenault's home in St. Chrysostome. 
Cajetan Arsenault House, St. Chrysostome, built between 1834-1838.
This would be one such home expanded as illustrated above.
Photo by Carter Jeffery July 20, 2009
See also this article in this blog...

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