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17 Pownal Street

17 Pownal Street, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, C1A, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1979/10/26

Showing east elevation; City of Charlottetown, Natalie Munn, 2005
17 Pownal Street
Showing north east elevation; City of Charlottetown, Natalie Munn, 2005
17 Pownal Street
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Other Name(s)

17 Pownal Street

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Construction Date(s)

1827/01/01 to 1854/01/01

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2005/04/01

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

17 Pownal Street is a two storey, Neo-classical influenced, former home that now houses local design firm, TechnoMedia. The designation encompasses the building’s exterior and parcel; it does not include the building’s interior.

Heritage Value

The heritage value of 17 Pownal Street lies in its association with the Dodd family and its importance to the Pownal Street streetscape.

It is unclear when 17 Pownal was constructed, but some sources mention that it was built as early as 1827. Other sources tell us that the home was built closer to 1854. We do know that Captain Simon Dodd owned the home and operated it as a boarding house in the 1850s. Captain Dodd, in his early career, sailed frequently between Prince Edward Island and England. Some of the ships that he sailed were the brigs "Relief", "Sir George Murray" and "Jane" and the barque, "Wilberforce". By 1848, Dodd was appointed harbourmaster of the port of Charlottetown.

Dodd’s two sons became prominent members of the community. Thomas Dodd was a Member of the Prince Edward Island legislature and founder of the firm of Dodd and Rogers. Simon Dodd was a doctor who operated a medical hall on the southwest corner of Queen Street.

A later owner of 17 Pownal Street, David Small, was also associated with the sea. He was a sail maker and ship chandler who operated his business from the Queen Street wharf in the 1880s.

The home was owned for a long time by the Percival family and used as a private home but in 2000, the home was purchased and converted to house a local design firm and an apartment. 17 Pownal Street is a very attractive building. Located on a street with many historic homes, it adds a great deal to the Pownal Street streetscape.

Sources: Heritage Office, City of Charlottetown Planning Department, PO Box 98, Charlottetown, PE C1A 7K2

Character-Defining Elements

The following Neo-classical inspired character defining elements illustrate the heritage value of 17 Pownal Street:

-The style and placement of the tall windows, enhanced with trim over the top giving a "hooded" appearance
- The style of the paneled door with its transom lights and side lights, as well as its placement in the northern corner of the façade. The door is enhanced with the same trim as the windows, which gives a nice effect.
- The gable roof with its steep pitch
- The placement of the tall chimney on the south side of the building
- The wooden siding
- The location of the building on Pownal Street



Prince Edward Island

Recognition Authority

City of Charlottetown

Recognition Statute

City of Charlottetown Zoning and Development Bylaw

Recognition Type

Heritage Resource

Recognition Date


Historical Information

Significant Date(s)


Theme - Category and Type

Developing Economies
Communications and Transportation

Function - Category and Type


Communications Facility


Group Residence

Architect / Designer




Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

Heritage Office, City of Charlottetown Planning Department, PO Box 98, Charlottetown, PE C1A 7K2 #1269

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier




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