Former Dr. Bearisto House
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Listed on the Canadian Register:
Statement of Significance
Description of Historic Place
The Gallant House is a one-and-one-half storey Gable Ell or Island Ell style house with a steeply pitched roof and Gothic Revival elements. These include the bay windows and hood moulding over many of the windows. The home is located about eighty metres back from Church Street. It was originally located on the northwest corner of Church and Prince William Streets.
This home is valued for its Gothic Revival Gable Ell style and for its historical association with the history of health care in Alberton.
The home was constructed in 1878 on the northwest corner of Church and Prince William Streets. Dr. James Bearisto was the first physician to reside here and have his practice. A succession of nine doctors would occupy the residence from 1878 to 1954. These also included: Beers, MacLean, Carruthers, Ross, Keir, MacNeill, Lefurgey, and Bandler. It was Dr. Alexander Ross who moved the house to its present location in 1895.
From 1954 to 1991, the property had several owners including Herb Hodgson, Fred White, and Richard Ellis. White would establish the Princess Pat Drive-in Theatre in 1961.
The current owners purchased the residence in 1991 and have completed some renovations, but the integrity of the original design remains in the bay windows, tall rectangular windows with hood moulding, and gable roof with eave returns.
Source: Culture and Heritage Division, PEI Department of Communities, Cultural Affairs and Labour, Charlottetown, PE C1A 7N8
File #: 4310-20/A31
The heritage value of the house is shown in the following character-defining elements:
- the wood frame construction and one-and-one-half storey massing
- the Gable Ell configuration
- the gable roof with eave returns
- the brick chimney
- the bay windows
- the tall rectangular windows with hood moulding
- the small window in the peak of the gable
- the entrance porch on the north facade covering a door with transom window
- the side porch with shed roof
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
- Health and Research
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/A31
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