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September 26, 2009 14:22 ET

A Fine Example of Victorian Architecture Celebrated in Charlottetown

Le gouvernement du Canada commémore l'importance historique nationale de Dundas Terrace

CHARLOTETOWN, PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND--(Marketwire - Sept. 26, 2009) - The Honourable Jim Prentice, Canada's Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, today unveiled a Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada plaque commemorating the national historic significance of Dundas Terrace, a prominent Queen Anne Revival Style building located in Charlottetown's historic district.

"Dundas Terrace is being celebrated today because it is a fine example of the Queen Anne Revival apartment building," said Minister Prentice. "This style of architecture, popular in the late Victorian period, shapes the character of many of the heritage buildings in beautiful downtown Charlottetown."

Built in 1889-90 by the estate of Owen Connolly, Dundas Terrace is a fine example of the Queen Anne Revival style in an apartment complex. The style, popular along the Atlantic seaboard, featured decorations including intricate woodwork for eaves, porches, door and window surrounds and decorated chimneystacks. Often the buildings were painted in rich combinations of colours. Dundas Terrace has not changed significantly since it was constructed and is still used for its original purpose - as an apartment building.

"Dundas Terrace is an excellent reminder of a time when Canada was still a young country," said Minister Prentice. "Today, Dundas Terrace has been wonderfully restored with care and attention to detail by its current owners and continues to be a noted and recognized landmark on Charlottetown's beautiful and vibrant waterfront."

Some of the building's more prominent tenants, according to McAlpine's Prince Edward Island Directory, included the Father of Confederation, Senator and Lieutenant Governor, the Honourable A.A. Macdonald (1829-1912), as well as composer of the music to Lucy Maude Montgomery's "Island Hymn", Lawrence W. Watson (1860-1925).

Parks Canada manages a nation-wide network of national historic sites that commemorate persons, places and events that have shaped Canada's history and which offer visitors the opportunity for real and inspiring discovery. Parks Canada works to ensure that Canada's historic and natural heritage is presented and protected for the enjoyment, education, appreciation and inspired discovery of all Canadians, today and in the future.

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Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of the Environment
    Frederic Baril
    Press Secretary
    Parks Canada, Prince Edward Island
    Greg Stroud
    External Relations Manager
    902-940-0289 (cell)