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Marc and Janice Vandaele, Maple Lane B&B

1540 Whim Road - Route 316, Commercial Cross, Prince Edward Island, C0A, Canada

Formally Recognized: 2009/02/02

Showing front elevation; Donna Collings, 2007
Showing front elevation
Aerial view of farm in the 1970s; Private Collection
Aerial view of farm in the 1970s
Showing side elevation; Donna Collings, 2007
Showing side elevation

Other Name(s)

Marc and Janice Vandaele, Maple Lane B&B
Former Nicholson House

Links and documents

Construction Date(s)

1900/01/01 to 1915/01/01

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2009/03/05

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

This interesting home is located in the rural setting of Commercial Cross on a large farm property. It is set back from the highway down a fence lined lane. The style is a variation on the Second Empire form with a mansard roof with pedimented dormers. The central dormer is set in a small tower which rises slightly above the roofline. A decorative verandah runs along the full facade.

Heritage Value

The home is valued for its unique architectural style which is a variation of the Second Empire form and for its association with the Nicholson and Vandaele families.

Meacham's Atlas indicates this farm was owned by Murdock Nicholson in 1880. He constructed the current house at some point between 1900 and 1915. He and his wife, Sarah, had only one son, Daniel Nicholson. He would become "Doctor Dan" a medical doctor.

Dr. Nicholson had a medical office in this house and he would go on to serve as a physician in a hospital in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He is credited with introducing penicillin to the hospital in Montague in 1943 after his mother became ill and was admitted there.

Dr. Daniel and his wife Marie did not have any children and did not return to the house. Therefore, Murdock decided in 1946 to give it to his housekeepers, Tena Grant and Katie Martin, who were sisters. They owned the property until 1954, when they sold it to Richard Bieren.

Joseph Vandaele purchased it in 1970 and operated a tobacco farm. His son took over the farm in 1996 and continues to live in the house. The Maple Lane Bed and Breakfast is operated from the home.

Source: Culture and Heritage Division, PEI Department of Communities, Cultural Affairs and Labour, Charlottetown, PE C1A 7N8
File #: 4310-20/TR24

Character-Defining Elements

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

- the one-and-one-half storey massing
- the wood frame and wood cladding (now covered in vinyl siding)
- the mansard roof
- the brick chimney
- the pedimented gable roof dormers
- the small tower with dormer in the centre of the facade's roof
- the verandah with turned posts and brackets across the entire facade



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/TR24

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier




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