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Hudson Gordon House

1681 Route 152, Montrose, Prince Edward Island, C0B, Canada

Formally Recognized: 2002/07/10

Showing front elevation and verandah; Alberton Historical Preservation Foundation, 2002
Hudson Gordon House
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Construction Date(s)

1914/01/01

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2004/10/28

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

The Hudson Gordon House is a two storey wood framed house constructed in the distinctive Four Square style common to the elaborate homes built by those engaged in the fox farming industry in PEI. These are known locally as "fox houses." It is located in the rural community of Montrose on spacious grounds surrounded by trees. The registration includes the building's exterior and parcel; it does not include the building's interior.

Heritage Value

The Hudson Gordon House is significant as an example of "fox architecture" in PEI. This style combines a Four Square hipped roof design with Classic Revival elements. It became prominent in the early years of the 20th Century (1910-1930) when commercial silver fox farming created an economic boom in western PEI. This example was constructed in 1914 for Robert Hudson Gordon (1863-1948) who was one of the pioneers in fox farming in western PEI. The builder was Robert Rankin.

Source: PEI Heritage Advisory Committee Files

Character-Defining Elements

The following elements embody the Four Square "fox architecture" heritage value of the house:

- the overall massing of the house with its two storeys
- the hipped roof with large dormers
- the size, style, and placement of the doors and windows
- the large verandah on the front elevation with Classic Revival style columns
- the stone foundation

Recognition

Jurisdiction

Prince Edward Island

Recognition Authority

Province of Prince Edward Island

Recognition Statute

Heritage Places Protection Act

Recognition Type

Registered Historic Place

Recognition Date

2002/07/10

Historical Information

Significant Date(s)

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Theme - Category and Type

Developing Economies
Trade and Commerce

Function - Category and Type

Current

Historic

Residence
Single Dwelling

Architect / Designer

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Builder

Robert Rankin

Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

Located in the Culture and Heritage Division, PEI Department of Community and Cultural Affairs, Charlottetown, PE C1A 7N8 File: 4310-20/G2

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier

4310-20/G2

Status

Published

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