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Macdonald House

65 Water Street, Georgetown, Prince Edward Island, C0A, Canada

Formally Recognized: 2009/02/02

Showing south elevation; Donna Collings, 2007
Showing south elevation
Detail of paired brackets in gable; Donna Collings, 2007
Detail of paired brackets in gable
Detail of verandah; Donna Collings, 2007
Detail of verandah

Other Name(s)

Macdonald House
Former Colin Macdonald House

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Construction Date(s)


Listed on the Canadian Register: 2009/02/27

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

This early Centre Gable style house with Gothic Revival details is situated on the corner of Kent and Water Streets in Georgetown and faces the harbour. It has a symmetrical facade with central entrance door with sidelights and transom. The eaves have paired bracketting and a verandah runs across the facade.

Heritage Value

This house is valued for its well preserved Gothic Revival architectural details and for its historical association with the family of Colin Macdonald. In 1833, the land for this house was purchased by Colin Macdonald (1781-1860) from the estate of Charles Worrell. By 1835, the house was constructed for his brother, Hugh Macdonald (1788-1857), who was living on Panmure Island. Colin and Hugh were two of fifteen children who had been born to Andrew and Isabella Macdonald who had emigrated from Inverness-shire Scotland early in the 19th century. They owned land on Panmure Island and became successful merchants and shipbuilders in Georgetown.

In his will, Colin left the residence to his three nephews, the sons of Hugh Macdonald. They were Andrew Archibald, Archibald John, and Austin (Augustine) Colin. All of them would go on to serve their community and nation in political affairs.

Andrew Archibald Macdonald was a member of the House of Assembly, a Father of Confederation, Lieutenant Governor and Senator. Archibald John served in the provincial legislature almost continuously from 1872 to 1911. Augustine Colin Macdonald was MP for King's County and eventually also a Lieutenant Governor of the province.

The home has remained in the Macdonald family ever since (often being passed down to female relatives) and was always used as a residence except for a time when a bank was located on the main floor in what is now the living room.

With its well preserved Gothic Revival style and association with prominent members of Georgetown, the house remains a landmark in the community.

Source: Culture and Heritage Division, PEI Department of Communities, Cultural Affairs and Labour, Charlottetown, PE C1A 7N8
File #: 4310-20/TR19

Character-Defining Elements

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

- the wood frame construction and two-and-one-half storey massing
- the centre gable roofline
- the brick chimneys
- the paired brackets of the eaves
- the symmetrical facade with central entrance
- the transom and sidelights of the entrance
- the bay window
- the fenestration including the six-over-six windows and two-over-two windows
- the original hood moulding of the windows
- the flat roofed verandah across the facade with decorative brackets and posts



Prince Edward Island

Recognition Authority

Province of Prince Edward Island

Recognition Statute

Heritage Places Protection Act

Recognition Type

Registered Historic Place

Recognition Date


Historical Information

Significant Date(s)


Theme - Category and Type

Expressing Intellectual and Cultural Life
Architecture and Design

Function - Category and Type


Single Dwelling


Architect / Designer




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/TR19

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier




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