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Listed on the Canadian Register:
Statement of Significance
Description of Historic Place
This early brick house was built in the late 1820s in the Maritime Vernacular style. It features a symmetrical facade, gable roof, and large central gabled dormer. The entrance door features a transom window. A wooden addition extends from the back of the house.
The house is valued for its Maritime Vernacular architectural style, brick construction, and for its association with the Mutch family.
Alexander Mutch (1756-1828) arrived in St. John's Island (PEI) in 1786 with Governor Edmund Fanning. Mutch had been born in New Machar parish in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. He and his brother joined the British army and served the Loyalist cause in the American Revolutionary War. Mutch received the rank of major and a land grant for his service to the Crown. In 1788, he moved to Fullerton's Creek in what is today the Mount Herbert area. He was married twice and the fourth child of his second marriage was William Mutch (1811-1884). William would move to Southport and build the current house in 1828 on what was then a 200 acre property.
Brick houses were a rare sight, especially in rural PEI, due to their cost. However, of the nine brick kilns operating on the Island in the late 19th century, seven of them could be found in Lot 48 where Southport is located. William became known by the nickname, "Brickhouse William" and his house is an example of a dwelling made from bricks produced by one of these 19th century kilns.
The style is Maritime Vernacular with a symmetrical facade, central entrance, and large centred gable dormer. A century later, in 1928, a wooden extension was added to the back of the house to expand the kitchen.
The house remained in the Mutch family for several generations, passing from William to Henry Mutch (1848-1911); then to his son, Perley Mutch (1878-1953); and to his son, Harry Mutch. Harry sold it in 1959 to Richard MacKinnon. The current owner purchased it in 1993.
Source: Culture and Heritage Division, PEI Department of Communities, Cultural Affairs and Labour, Charlottetown, PE C1A 7N8
File #: 4310-20/S19
The heritage value of the house is shown in the following character-defining elements:
- the sandstone foundation
- the symmetrical facade with central entrance
- the Island brick construction
- the gable roof
- the brick chimneys
- the large centred dormer with gable roof and palladian style window
- the original window fenestration
- the extension at the back of the main house
Prince Edward Island
Province of Prince Edward Island
Heritage Places Protection Act
Registered Historic Place
Theme - Category and Type
- Expressing Intellectual and Cultural Life
- Architecture and Design
Function - Category and Type
- Single Dwelling
Architect / Designer
Location of Supporting Documentation
Culture and Heritage Division, PEI Department of Communities, Cultural Affairs and Labour, Charlottetown, PE C1A 7N8
File #: 4310-20/S19
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