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Listed on the Canadian Register:
Statement of Significance
Description of Historic Place
The Centre Gable style house is located in Mount Stewart with a view of the Hillsborough River. It features a gable roofline with eave returns, a verandah with turned posts, bay windows, and a rectangular gable roofed extension at the back of the house.
This home is valued for its Centre Gable architectural style and for its historical association with Dr. James Walsh, a medical doctor in Mount Stewart.
It was built around 1860 by Soloman Clark a local shipbuilder. The home became strategically located near the PEI Railway and the Hillsborough River. A prominent owner of the property was Dr. James Walsh (1854-1932) who resided here with his wife Mary Egan (1869-1964) and nine children. Dr. Walsh had been born in Mount Stewart and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Medical School in 1877. He also later attended the famed Mayo Clinic. He began his practice in the community in 1877, which would endure for over half a century.
One of Dr. Walsh's children, Evelyn Walsh (1898-1994) resided in the house until her passing. It was then sold to the current owner.
The house is located near what was once the Mount Stewart Strawberry Exchange, which began in 1946. It created jobs for up to 150 seasonal employees who made jam and exported fresh local strawberries to markets in Boston and Montreal. The business continued into the 1950s with a new factory being built. It went into decline after a severe winter in 1971-72 damaged many strawberry plants in the area and forced the exchange to cease operations.
Today, the house which is one of the oldest in Mount Stewart has an idyllic view of the Hillsborough River which was once the main transportation artery between Mount Stewart and Charlottetown.
Source: Culture and Heritage Division, PEI Department of Communities, Cultural Affairs and Labour, Charlottetown, PE C1A 7N8 File #: 4310-20/W6
The heritage value of the house is shown in the following character-defining elements:
- the sandstone foundation
- the wood frame and wood shingle cladding (some vinyl covering)
- the Centre Gable configuration of the house
- the gable roof with eave returns
- the brick chimney
- the verandah with turned posts
- the fenestration including bay window, dormer window, and decorative triangular window in the peak
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/W6
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