Perkins House, Inns on Great George
62 Great George Street, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, C1A, Canada
Perkins House, Inns on Great George
62 Great George Street
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Listed on the Canadian Register:
Statement of Significance
Description of Historic Place
Perkins House is a wood framed, Neo-classical/Adamesque influenced inn, located near the corner of historic Great George Street and Dorchester Street. It is part of the group of historic inns called the Inns on Great George. The building was originally a private home but would later be converted to a boarding house and a hotel. The designation encompasses the building’s exterior and parcel; it does not include the building’s interior.
The heritage value of the Perkins House lies in its association with local shoemaker, Hugh Perkins (1801- 1886), its Neo-classical/Adamesque influenced architecture and its importance to the streetscape of Great George Street.
Hugh Perkins bought the land on which Perkins House stands in 1843. He immediately began building his home, which was the second home to be built on the block. Hugh Perkins, a cordwainer (shoemaker) by trade, had immigrated to Charlottetown from England in 1834.
He chose the Neo-classical/Adamesque style for his home. The building remains a well preserved example of this style in the city, with its symmetrical facade, central doorway, simple trim detailing, and clapboard siding. Other details which show the particular influence of the Adamesque include: the use of pilasters on the corners of the building and the addition of a semi-elliptical fanlight above the doorway.
Perkins House has changed ownership several times throughout its history. It had been both a boarding house and private home throughout the years but in 1950, it became part of the hotel next door called the Regent- now the Pavilion. The Perkins House has been renovated in the past ten years and now serves as a historic inn. Part of a group of historic inns that line Great George Street, the Perkins House is a vital part of the Great George Street streetscape.
Sources: Heritage Office, City of Charlottetown Planning Department, PO Box 98, Charlottetown, PE C1A 7K2
The heritage value of the Perkins House lies in the following Neo-classical/Adamesque character-defining elements:
- The overall massing of the building with its symmetrical facade
- The brick foundation
- The placement and style of the two over two windows, including the larger windows of the first floor and the slightly smaller windows of the second and third floors
- The style and placement of the panel door with its semi-elliptical fanlight
- The raised doorstep with its decorative railing is a new feature but adds to the overall attractiveness of the building.
- The simple, contrasting trim running throughout the exterior of the building including the pilasters
- The pitch of the roofline
- The style and placement of the chimney
Other character-defining elements of the Perkins House include:
- Its location on Great George Street between the Pavilion and the Carroll House
Prince Edward Island
City of Charlottetown
City of Charlottetown Zoning and Development Bylaw
Theme - Category and Type
- Expressing Intellectual and Cultural Life
- Architecture and Design
Function - Category and Type
- Commerce / Commercial Services
- Hotel, Motel or Inn
- Single Dwelling
Architect / Designer
Location of Supporting Documentation
Heritage Office, City of Charlottetown Planning Department, PO Box 98, Charlottetown, PE C1A 7K2
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