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Manfred and Christian Ohlandt Property

58-62 Grafton Street, Georgetown, Prince Edward Island, C0A, Canada

Formally Recognized: 2009/02/02

Showing front elevation; Donna Collings, 2007
Showing front elevation
Showing context view; Donna Collings, 2007
Showing context view
Showing second building south of the house; Donna Collings, 2007
Showing second building south of the house

Other Name(s)

Manfred and Christian Ohlandt Property
Former Cogswell Home and Store

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Construction Date(s)

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2009/02/19

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

This large Second Empire style building has been a landmark on the corner of Kent and Grafton Streets in Georgetown for over 125 years. Although renovated, it retains its symmetrical facade; original fenestration with replacement windows; paired eave brackets; and mansard roof with dormers. A second building located south of the larger building is included in the registration. It is two-and-one-half storeys with a gable roof and may have been used as a tannery in its history.

Heritage Value

The two buildings on this property are valued for their association with the early commercial history of Georgetown; their association with James N. Cogswell; and for their contribution to the Grafton Street steetscape.

The large Second Empire style building was constructed by James N. Cogswell around 1870. He was operating a store in Georgetown as early as 1864. He also rented out a section of the building to J.C. Manual for use as a drug store. In 1901, the property was inherited by James' son, Aaron Cogswell. In 1912, he married a widow, Flora Keeping. She passed the property to her sons in 1967. One of these, Harold Keeping, sold the house to James McConnell, who, then sold it to Stillman Mair in trust for the Georgetown Heritage Association in 1973. The current owners purchased it from the heritage group. It is now an apartment building.

The second building on the property was possibly used as a tannery. Cogswell was also listed as a tanner, and his neighbour at the time, Hugh MacNabb, was listed in business directories as "a Custom Boot and Shoe Maker". This smaller building with a gable roof and six-over-six windows may also have been used as a lobster packing business and by a tinsmith. It was also renovated in the early 1980s.

Both buildings which make up this property add character to the streetscape and are an asset to the Town of Georgetown.

Source: Culture and Heritage Division, PEI Department of Communities, Cultural Affairs and Labour, Charlottetown, PE C1A 7N8
File #: 4310-20/TR12

Character-Defining Elements

The heritage value of the first building is shown in the following character-defining elements:

- the square massing of the larger building on the corner of Kent and Grafton streets
- the wood frame and wood shingle cladding
- the mansard roof with dormers
- the paired eave brackets
- the symmetrical facade
- the original fenestration with replacement windows
- the central entrance with canopy roof

The character-defining elements of the second building include:

- the two-and-one-half storey massing
- the wood frame and wood shingle cladding
- the gable roof
- the symmetrical facade with central entrance
- the six-over-six windows

Recognition

Jurisdiction

Prince Edward Island

Recognition Authority

Province of Prince Edward Island

Recognition Statute

Heritage Places Protection Act

Recognition Type

Registered Historic Place

Recognition Date

2009/02/02

Historical Information

Significant Date(s)

n/a

Theme - Category and Type

Expressing Intellectual and Cultural Life
Architecture and Design

Function - Category and Type

Current

Residence
Multiple Dwelling

Historic

Commerce / Commercial Services
Shop or Wholesale Establishment

Architect / Designer

n/a

Builder

n/a

Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

Culture and Heritage Division, PEI Department of Communities, Cultural Affairs and Labour, Charlottetown, PE C1A 7N8 File #: 4310-20/TR12

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier

4310-20/TR12

Status

Published

Related Places

n/a

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