Thursday, October 20, 2016

Charlottetown architects and the buildings of Confederation

Fanningbank Government House is the home of the Lieutenant Governor of PEI. Built in 1834 by Isaac Smith, it follows the Georgian manner with Palladian echoes and Doric columns. 
Above right is the room where the first four provinces of Canada joined together in Confederation in 1867. Though the original 1864 negotiations took place in Province House in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island was not among the members of the new federation. Below, actors garbed in the fashion of the times stand in front of the assembly, originally called Colonial House. Second only to Nova Scotia's legislature in age, Province House PEI, another Isaac Smith creation, was built in the Neoclassical style. Beaconsfield Historic House, seen below right, is a fine example of Victorian architecture. This lovely home was designed by William Crichlow Harris.

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