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Donald B. Taylor and Arlene Smith Home

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

Formally Recognized: 2009/02/02

Showing front elevation; Donna Collings, 2007
Showing front elevation
Showing side elevation; Donna Collings, 2007
Showing side elevation
Showing alternate shingle patterns and brackets; Donna Collings, 2007
Showing alternate shingle patterns and brackets

Other Name(s)

Donald B. Taylor and Arlene Smith Home
Former Dr. Duncan Stewart Home

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Construction Date(s)


Listed on the Canadian Register: 2009/03/03

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

A well preserved Italianate style house, this home features a truncated hipped roof with dormers. The wide eaves have paired brackets and many of the windows have bracketted hood moulding. A verandah with gingerbread decoration runs along the facade. It also features a white picket fence and fronts onto Water Street.

Heritage Value

This home is valued for its well preserved Italianate architectural style and for its association with the history of health care in Georgetown.

Dr. Duncan A. Stewart acquired this property from Archibald MacDonald in 1906. Soon after, he constructed the present home. For over thirty years, he had a medical practice in Georgetown until his untimely death when he contracted the Spanish Flu from a patient.

His wife, Emma Stewart, sold the home to J.J. Ernest Doyle, a train engineer. The railway had a line which came into Georgetown. Some members of Doyle's family would also enter the medical profession, with a son becoming a doctor and a daughter becoming a nurse.

Two of Doyle's daughters inherited the home and later sold it to Laurence and Nancy Murphy. The current owners purchased it from them in 2003.

The home is extremely well preserved with many original Italianate style elements intact. These include the alternating shingle patterns and the extensive use of bracketting in the roof eaves, on the dormers, and on the hood moulding of the windows. The truncated hipped roof once had an open belvedere on top, but this has been removed.

Source: Culture and Heritage Division, PEI Department of Communities, Cultural Affairs and Labour, Charlottetown, PE C1A 7N8
File #: 4310-20/TR20

Character-Defining Elements

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

- the two-and-one-half storey massing
- the wood frame and wood shingle cladding (with some scalloped shingles)
- the truncated hipped roof
- the hipped roof dormers with decorative brackets
- the brick chimney
- the wide eaves with paired brackets
- the large flat roofed verandah with decorative gingerbread trim
- the rectangular windows with bracketted hood moulding
- the beltcourse on one side elevation



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/TR20

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier




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