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Former Summerside Post Office National Historic Site of Canada

45 Summer Street, Summerside, Prince Edward Island, C1N, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1983/06/13

Corner view of the Former Summerside Post Office, showing the façade with the main entrances and a side, 1982.; Parks Canada Agency/ Agence Parcs Canada, 1982.
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Other Name(s)

Former Summerside Post Office National Historic Site of Canada
Former Summerside Post Office
Ancien bureau de poste de Summerside

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Construction Date(s)

1883/01/01 to 1887/01/01

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2007/05/23

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

The Former Summerside Post Office is a two-and-a-half-storey, brick building constructed between 1883 and 1887. The formal recognition consists of the building on the legal property on which it sat at the time of recognition.

Heritage Value

The Former Summerside Post Office was designated a national historic site because: it is representative of small urban post offices designed by Thomas Fuller; it possesses architectural merit, this is to say it has not undergone major exterior alteration; and it possesses integrity, that is to say that its siting is sympathetic.

The Former Summerside Post Office is a good example of the post offices erected by the Department of Public Works in smaller urban centres during Thomas Fuller's term as Chief Architect (1881-1886). It is representative of Fuller post offices in its two-and-a-half-storey height, its use of high-quality materials, its blend of Gothic and Romanesque elements, and its prominent siting on a corner lot.

Sources: Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada, Minute, 1983; Sites and Monuments Board of Canada, Plaque Text, 1988.

Character-Defining Elements

Key elements which define the heritage character of the Summerside Post Office include:

- its blend of Gothic and Romanesque elements, evident in: the steep roof; high central gable; and round-arched voussoirs over door openings,
- features typical of Fuller-designed buildings, including its: two-and-a-half-storey height; steep roof; round-arched double entrances; and the underlying symmetry of its facade,
- its three-bay façade with two flanking entrances,
- its steeply pitched roof and lively roofline, consisting of a hip roof with adjoining hips over adjoining wings, intersected by a large cross-gable, and punctuated by hip-roofed dormers,
- its picturesque silhouette created by the interplay between the elevations, frontispiece, gables and roof lines,
- the strong, vertical emphasis created by the chimney, the steeply pitched roof and the central façade gable,
- the patterning of red-brick cladding with sandstone accents,
- its high-quality exterior materials, consisting of red brick with sandstone trim,
- its clock tower and four-dial clock,
- its prominent siting on a corner lot.

Recognition

Jurisdiction

Federal

Recognition Authority

Government of Canada

Recognition Statute

Historic Sites and Monuments Act

Recognition Type

National Historic Site of Canada

Recognition Date

1983/06/13

Historical Information

Significant Date(s)

n/a

Theme - Category and Type

Governing Canada
Government and Institutions
Expressing Intellectual and Cultural Life
Architecture and Design

Function - Category and Type

Current

Government
Town or City Hall

Historic

Government
Post Office

Architect / Designer

Thomas Fuller, Ottawa

Builder

n/a

Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

National Historic Sites Directorate, Documentation Centre, 5th Floor, Room 89, 25 Eddy Street, Gatineau, Quebec

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier

586

Status

Published

Related Places

n/a

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