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247 Convent Street

247 Convent Street, Summerside, Prince Edward Island, C1N, Canada

Formally Recognized: 2007/11/19

photograph; City of Summerside, 2007
Showing south elevation
photograph; The Guardian, December 15, 1916
Morrison-Hurst House
photograph; City of Summerside, 2007
Showing east elevation

Other Name(s)

247 Convent Street
Morrison-Hurst House

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Construction Date(s)


Listed on the Canadian Register: 2008/01/08

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

This Queen Anne style home on the northeast corner of Convent and Spring Streets in Summerside, PEI, was built for James A. Morrison by J.M. Clark & Co. in 1905. This part of town was described in the local newspaper as "the fashionable part of town". The designation applies to the building's original footprint.

Heritage Value

The heritage value of the Morrison-Hurst House lies in its long association with the Morrison family and in its Queen Anne influenced architecture. When James A. Morrison passed away in 1944 at the age of 87, flags flew at half mast in Summerside and citizens numbering in the hundreds paid their last respects to a man who had seven times been their mayor.

Morrison had been an active charter member of the Board of Trade. Five times between 1910 and 1919 he was elected Mayor by acclamation and twice defeated challengers. He had served previously as a town councillor for three years.

James Morrison was well known as a shipper of sea products, working the markets of Upper Canada, the Maritime provinces and the eastern USA. The lot on which his former residence sits was also the founding location of the Morrison Bottling Company, which then consisted of an outbuilding in the large backyard.

The house remains an interesting example of the Queen Anne style in Summerside. With a pedimented gable end, wrap around verandah, and unusual conical roofed tower, the house exhibits some aspects of that style and contributes to its streetscape.

Source: City of Summerside Heritage Property Profile

Character-Defining Elements

The following Queen Anne style elements are significant:

- The massing of the original footprint of the house being Queen Anne style
- The gable roof
- The asymmetrical placement of windows on the south and east façades
- The original sunporch that wrapped around the south and east elevations to the turret/bay featuring turned balisters and gingerbread embellishments
- The lower wing of 1 and ½ storeys at the north end obscured and separated by the cleverly constructed 2 and ½ storey bay that features a corner turret with conical roof
- Windows on the ground floor and the three part window second floor south elevation all feature small panes of glass surrounding a larger pane - usually in the upper sashes.
- Curved glass in the turret at all levels. The windows at the top of the turret and in the front facing gable feature small panes of glass
- Entranceways on south and east elevations are in their original locations



Prince Edward Island

Recognition Authority

City of Summerside

Recognition Statute

Heritage Conservation Bylaw SS-20

Recognition Type

Designated Heritage Property

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Historical Information

Significant Date(s)


Theme - Category and Type

Expressing Intellectual and Cultural Life
Architecture and Design

Function - Category and Type


Single Dwelling


Architect / Designer




Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

Source: City of Summerside Heritage Property Profile

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