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Statement of Significance
Description of Historic Place
The Leard House or "Rose Cottage" was built in the centre-gable style with a large verandah, the full length of the facade. Today this is an enclosed front porch. The home also has wood shingle cladding. The fenestration including a bay window remains largely unaltered. The registration includes the house and its lot.
The house is valued for its centre-gable style; for its association with prominent residents of Alberton; and for its contribution to the streetscape.
The Hon. Richard B. Reid (1836-1906) originally constructed this house around 1880 and named it "Rose Cottage". Reid was a member of the PEI Legislative Council from 1869 to 1882. He had a high profile in Alberton as both a merchant and Justice of the Peace for West Prince County. An engraving of his home appears in Meacham's Atlas of PEI and shows it as being well maintained with outbuildings and extensive grounds. The original house appears to have had an open verandah on the facade, but this has been replaced by an enclosed porch.
After Reid's passing, the house was moved to its current location about 100 metres from where it was first built. The kitchen wing on the back was removed and left behind to be made into another dwelling.
Cyril Leard and his wife, Jennie Campbell, purchased the house in 1919. Leard was involved with the local Board of Trade and was an active member of the Alberton Town Council, School Board, Western Hospital Board, Masonic Lodge, Cancer Society, and the CNIB. He was the first Islander to receive the PEI government's award for Distinguished Citizenship.
Roy Leard, his son, inherited the property. He would be the longest serving mayor of Alberton, holding office from 1961 to 1978. He also operated Leard's store on Main Street. During WW II, Roy was a radar technician in the RCAF. He was also a member of the Masonic Lodge, serving a term as Grand Master for PEI.
The house remains a landmark in Alberton with many historical associations with the early economic and social history of the area.
Source: Culture and Heritage Division, PEI Department of Communities, Cultural Affairs and Labour, Charlottetown, PE C1A 7N8
File #: 4310-20/A20
Character-defining elements which reflect the heritage value of the house include:
- the two-storey centre gable architectural style
- the wood shingle cladding
- the large enclosed porch running the full length of the facade
- the original fenestration including bay windows and paired windows in the centre gable
- the extensions at the back of the house
- the brick chimney
- the continuing contribution of the house to its streetscape
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/A20
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