Likely what interests me the most is the what makes Island architecture so unique. We live in an coastal climate which brings heavy rain/snow and high winds. Historically, homes were built to shelter from the elements. Perhaps, nestled behind a tree line or in a protected harbour.
Also, the economy had an influence on the style of home and its practicality. Some of the more elaborate homes were built during the Shipbuilding and the Silver Fox Breeding era.
An example of this would be the Victorian period. Not unlike the rest of North America, this period (approx. 1837-1901) introduced increasingly elaborate architectural style in Prince Edward Island.
In the beginning, there was a rise in the Gothic Revival (ell farmhouse). This is likely the the house style most identified with Prince Edward Island. The rectangular farmhouse with pointed arches, steeply pitched gables and lacy gingerbread trim. While mainly found in rural settings, there are some in both Summerside and Charlottetown.
Some examples of these homes include:
|Watermere House, Charlottetown, built by William Harris 1877|
|Historic Yeo House, Green Park, PEI|
|Lefurgey Cultural Centre in Summerside, built in 1868 by William Tuplin|
PEI is looking very much like the first picture these days. It was -35 degrees today! I'm looking forward to warmer temperatures... See you next Tuesday!
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