Former MacNeill Home
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Listed on the Canadian Register:
Statement of Significance
Description of Historic Place
Located on the north side of Church Street on the corner of Prince William Street, this Queen Anne Revival home is situated on a large lot with mature trees. It features a large hipped roof, stacked bay windows, and pedimented gable dormers.
This Queen Anne style home is valued for its architectural style; for its historical association with the MacNeill and Graham families; and for its contribution to the streetscape.
The house reputedly contains lumber salvaged from shipwrecks off Cascumpec Harbour. It was completed in 1903 by Alexander MacNeill and Will Gard for Malcolm (Mac) MacNeill who owned a lobster factory.
Mac MacNeill's son was Dr. Emmerson MacNeill and his daughter, Carrie, married a local dentist, Dr. A.L. Purdy, who worked his entire career in Alberton, some of which was in this house.
From the 1940s, the house was owned by Jack Profit, the son of J.P. Charles Profit, a former Alberton mayor. His wife, Doris, was the sister of Joe O'Brien, who was famous for his harness racing skill.
In 1969, the house was purchased by the Grahams', who were teachers in the local schools. It remains a well preserved example of its style in Alberton and contributes to the streetscape.
Source: Culture and Heritage Division, PEI Department of Communities, Cultural Affairs and Labour, Charlottetown, PE C1A 7N8
File #: 4310-20/A30
The heritage value of the house is shown in the following character-defining elements:
- the large asymmetrical Queen Anne style
- the hipped roof with wide eaves
- the brick chimney
- the stacked bay windows
- the wood shingle cladding including scalloped shingles
- the pedimented gables with semi-circular windows
- the verandah wrapping around the front and side entrances
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/A30
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