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Listed on the Canadian Register:
Statement of Significance
Description of Historic Place
The house at 31 Main Street in the Village of Victoria is wood framed with wood shingle cladding. Built in the Cottage style, it features a gambrel roof. The registration includes the building's exterior and parcel. It does not include the building's interior.
31 Main Street is valued for its Cottage style architecture; its association with former residents of Victoria; and its contribution to the streetscape.
It is believed the home was constructed around 1930 by Austin Sobey who operated a grocery store and ice cream parlour in the front room of the house until the late 1930s. An archival photo from this period shows a multi-paned storefront window facing onto Main Street.
Mrs. Walter M. Lea, the wife of Island Premier Walter Lea (1874-1936), later used it as a summer home. Lea served as premier from 1930-31 and 1935-36, dying in office. He was an accomplished farmer who experimented with improving cattle and horse stock. In politics, he is noted as leading his Liberal party to victory in the 1935 election - sweeping all 30 seats in the Legislature - the first time that occurred anywhere in the British Commonwealth.
The Cottage style of the house was popular in the Maritimes from 1900 to 1930. The presence of the gambrel roof is indicative of the general interest shown after 1900 in Dutch architectural forms. 31 Main Street continues to contribute to its streetscape as a unique example of the Cottage Style in the village.
Source: Culture and Heritage Division, PEI Department of Community and Cultural Affairs, Charlottetown, PE C1A 7N8
File #: 4310-20/V20
The following character-defining elements illustrate the Cottage style heritage value of 31 Main Street:
- The wood frame construction and wood shingle cladding
- The Island sandstone foundation
- The fenestration of the windows and doors
- The gambrel roof
- The canopy porch with gable roof
Other character-defining elements include:
- The location of the house among other heritage homes on Main Street
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
- Commerce / Commercial Services
- Shop or Wholesale Establishment
Architect / Designer
Location of Supporting Documentation
Culture and Heritage Division, PEI Department of Community and Cultural Affairs, Charlottetown, PE C1A 7N8
File #: 4310-20/V20
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