History

Are you interested in historic homes? Well you have definitely come to the right place. Summerside has a beautiful Historic District, with lots of stories to tell! Let’s start with our home. The house is considered a historic home, given the name of its original owner – the Dr. Alex MacNeill House. The house was built in 1908 after the great fire of 1906. The fire destroyed the house that was originally on this property, and Dr. Alex MacNeill decided to buy the corner lot and the one next to it in order to build a large home for him and his family.

The doctor was seventy-two when he died in 1926. Mrs. MacNeill and her daughter, Jean, both passed away in 1947. The house was converted into rental units by its inheritor, Frank MacNeill, who lived in the house next door at 253 Fitzroy. After his death in 1967, his widow continued to rent out the apartments.

The style of architecture is Four Square Colonial Revival. Although several changes have been made over the years, including new windows, a closed sun-room which was originally the open entrance (see historic photo in the entrance), and an addition which was made many years ago, the house offers a lot to the streetscape.

Want to learn more? Great! Come visit us and we would love to share the many stories we have heard. We are still trying to learn more about the house and its previous owners, so come explore together with us.

Source: http://www.gov.pe.ca/hpo/app.php?nav=details&p=6482
See also: http://www.historicplaces.ca/en/rep-reg/place-lieu.aspx?id=10062