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33 Hensley Street

33 Hensley Street, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, C1A, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1979/10/26

Showing north east elevation; City of Charlottetown, Natalie Munn, 2006
33 Hensley Street
Showing south east elevation; City of Charlottetown, Natalie Munn, 2006
33 Hensley Street
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Listed on the Canadian Register: 2007/01/16

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

33 Hensley Street is a wood framed one and one half storey Maritime Vernacular style home. It is located among a mix of modern and 19th Century architecture. The designation encompasses the building's exterior and parcel; it does not include the building's interior.

Heritage Value

The heritage value of 33 Hensley Street lies in its Maritime Vernacular influenced architecture; its association with one of the earliest planned subdivisions in the City; and its role in supporting the streetscape.

When politician, land agent and trustee of the Central Academy, Charles Hensley subdivided his property into building lots in 1843, only two years after he had immigrated to Prince Edward Island, he created one the earliest planned subdivisions in the city. In order to provide access to the parcels of land, Grafton Lane was cut through the block from Richmond Street to Grafton Street. For a time, Grafton Lane was known locally as Davy's Lane in recognition of the family that owned a number of houses in the area. Some of the original homes are still standing, including 33 Hensley Street.

33 Hensley Street was constructed in approximately 1846. It was built in the Maritime Vernacular Cottage style, a style that was common throughout Charlottetown from approximately 1830 until 1860. Many homes like this still exist in the city, but have been altered with trim to reflect various style periods. Characteristics of the style include a rectangular plan, a symmetrical facade and a large centrally placed dormer. A representative of the type of home that was part of Hensley's early subdivision, it helps support the streetscape.

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

Character-Defining Elements

The following Maritime Vernacular cottage character-defining elements contribute to the heritage value of 33 Hensley Street:

- The overall massing of the building with its one and one half storeys
- The wood shingled exterior, with mouldings painted in a contrasting colour, including the cornerboards and the window and door surrounds
- The symmetrical facade
- The gable roof with centrally placed gabled wall dormer
- The style and placement of the sash windows, particularly the windows located on either side of the front door and the window of the centrally placed dormer
- The size and centre placement of the door
- The size and placement of the chimney

Other character-defining elements include:

- The location of the building on Hensley Street and its physical and visual relationship to its streetscape



Prince Edward Island

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City of Charlottetown

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City of Charlottetown Zoning and Development Bylaw

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Heritage Resource

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Expressing Intellectual and Cultural Life
Architecture and Design

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Single Dwelling

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Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

Heritage Office, City of Charlottetown Planning Department, PO Box 98, Charlottetown, PE C1A 7K2 #1611

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