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Sharpe House

512 MacIntyre Road, Rte 110, Kelvin Grove, Prince Edward Island, C0B, Canada

Formally Recognized: 2015/05/08

Front elevation; Province of PEI, F. Pound, 2015
Front elevation
Front elevation with box bay window; Province of PEI, F. Pound, 2015
Front elevation with box bay window
Side elevation; Province of PEI, F. Pound, 2015
Side elevation

Other Name(s)

Sharpe House
MacMurdo House

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Construction Date(s)


Listed on the Canadian Register: 2015/08/25

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

The Sharpe House is a one and one-half storey mid-Victorian Island ell farmhouse with Gothic Revival detailing located in the rural community of Kelvin Grove, Prince Edward Island.

Heritage Value

The Sharpe House is valued as a very good example of the mid-Victorian vernacular Island ell architectural style. The house was built in 1887 by local carpenters Anthony Neal and George Easter for prominent Scottish farmer Archibald MacMurdo III (1856-1935) and his Island born wife, Ada Burrows (1860-1930) who raised their family of five children here. MacMurdo had emigrated from Dumfries, Scotland. In 1888, perhaps in celebration of their new home, Archibald and Ada planted two linden trees on the property, one of which survives and measures 15 ½ feet at the base. Their eldest son, Erskine and his wife Katherine, took over the property in the 1920s and continued farming what was then a 275 acre property. Erskine and Katherine's son Allison carried on farming the land until 1983 when the property was sold out of the MacMurdo family.

Property ownership changed a number of times and in the 1990s sympathetic renovations were made to the home in keeping with the heritage character of the place. Many original interior features have been preserved including the wood floors, wide wood trim surrounding the doors and windows, the wide baseboards as well as the plaster mouldings around the light fixtures and ceiling. The current owners continue to value the home's fine historic details.

The Sharpe House is an important component in the historic rural landscape of its community.

Source: Heritage Places files, Department of Education, Early Learning & Culture, Charlottetown, PE
File #: 4310-20/S49

Character-Defining Elements

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

- the overall massing of the home
- the vernacular Island ell one and one-half storey asymmetric design
- the steep pitch of the roof line
- the size and spacing of the windows, with wide hood covers or mouldings
- the box bay window on the front elevation with decorative bracketing
- the dormer in the ell section of the home with decorative trim over the window
- the dormer on the main section of the home with diamond shingle patterns above the window, and gingerbread trim on the eaves
- the shed dormer on the rear elevation of the ell section
- the ornate attic window with round-top opening
- the verandah with posts, gingerbread trim, and balusters
- the extension off the rear 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



Anthony Neal

Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

Source: Heritage Places files, Department of Education, Early Learning & Culture, Charlottetown, PE File #: 4310-20/S49

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier




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