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Location History

The heritage value of 55 Fitzroy Street lies in its association with Professor Henry Westaway Vinnicombe and its importance to the Fitzroy Street streetscape. It is unclear when 55 Fitzroy Street was built, but a home, which was moved in 1864, may be the front section of the current building. On 15 May 1864, a license was given to move a wooden home from the corner of Grafton and Pownal Streets to city Lot 11, which is the location of the current 55 Fitzroy Street. If it is the home, then extensive renovations were later carried out in the 1880s. There was also a large addition to the back of the building. Currently the building shows Queen Anne Revival influences such as the interesting variations in shingle cladding and the sunburst design of the frontispiece, the porch of the western side of the facade, the grouped windows and the tall chimney of the western section. The Queen Anne Revival style was a popular style in the late Victorian era, although it was somewhat subdued in Prince Edward Island compared to other provinces. Richard N. Shaw (1831-1912), a British architect, created the style that incorporated some of the classical motifs popular during Queen Anne’s reign (1702-1714).

The home’s most famous resident was Professor Henry Westaway Vinnicombe (1843-1928). He and his family lived in the home for much of its history. Professor Vinnicombe played the violin and led an orchestra that provided music for many occasions in the 1870-1910 period in Charlottetown, including light operas, minstrel shows and concerts. He was a member of the Charlottetown Orchestral Club, a group of amateur Charlottetown musicians who were also prominent businessmen of the City. Professor Vinnicombe was also a piano tuner who worked on pianos throughout Charlottetown.

A well preserved building with Queen Anne Revival influences, 55 Fitzroy Street plays an important role in maintaining the heritage ambiance of the Fitzroy Street streetscape.

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    55 Fitzroy Street
    Charlottetown, PEI, Canada
    C1A 1R4

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