Trent Sorrey House
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Listed on the Canadian Register:
Statement of Significance
Description of Historic Place
The Trent Sorrey House is a Gothic Revival style home influenced by the Island Ell form. The main section is square with an attached rectangular section. Its features include a bay window, gable roofs with paired eave brackets and eave returns, a large verandah with turned posts and spindles on the facade, and a steeply pitched wall dormer. The house is located close to Main Street in Montague.
The house is valued for its Gothic Revival architectural elements; for its association with early residents of Montague; and for its contribution to the streetscape.
According to Meacham's 1880 Atlas of PEI, the property on which the house is located was originally owned by James Gillis. On July 19, 1890, John H. "Harry" MacLean purchased it and around this time built the current house. MacLean was associated with the MacLean Carriage Factory which was once located on Main Street.
Harry MacLean resided in the house until his death in the late 1940s, at which time, his widow, Flora, left PEI to live with her nephew, Dr. John A. MacLean, in Ottawa. Dr. MacLean eventually inherited the property and sold it in June 1950 to Judge Sylvere DesRoches.
J. Sylvere DesRoches (1894-1975) was successful in his life as a soldier, inspector of Acadian schools, a lawyer and County Court Judge. In 1986, his widow, Florence DesRoches, sold the home to Harold Roche. The current owner purchased it in 2006.
The Gothic Revival style of the house is indicative of the the large family homes being built in Montague at the end of the 19th century. Although some elements such as the exterior cladding have changed, other aspects of the style including the gable roofs with eave returns and paired eave brackets, have survived.
The home continues to contribute to the streetscape of Main Street.
Source: Culture and Heritage Division, PEI Department of Communities, Cultural Affairs and Labour, Charlottetown, PE C1A 7N8
File #: 4310-20/M29
The following character-defining elements illustrate the heritage value of the house:
- the original sandstone foundation
- the wood frame construction
- the original fenestration of windows and doors
- the gable roofs with eave returns
- the paired eave bracketting
- the bay window
- the verandah on the facade
- the steeply pitched wall dormer
- the brick chimney
- the location of the house on its original site 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
Architect / Designer
Location of Supporting Documentation
Culture and Heritage Division, PEI Department of Communities, Cultural Affairs and Labour, Charlottetown, PE C1A 7N8
File #: 4310-20/M29
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