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Charlottetown in Queens County, Prince Edward Island — The Atlantic Provinces

Great George Street Historic District

L’arrondissement Historique de la rue Great George

Great George Street Historic District Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, July 8, 2014
1. Great George Street Historic District Marker
Inscription.  English:
Great George Street is richly evocative of both its 18th-century origins and its subsequent development as one of Charlottetown's principal streets. Clearly focused to Province House, the seat of Island government and the birthplace of Confederation, the street has traditionally been lined with homes and public buildings. In 1864 the Fathers of Confederation attending the Charlottetown Conference landed on the wharf at the bottom of this street, and some delegates stayed in the nearby Pavilion Hotel. Houses influenced by British classicism were the first buildings on Great George Street. Over the years, structures designed in a variety of styles gradually joined and complemented them. The graceful architectural evolution of the street has allowed soaring stone church towers to mingle successfully with simple wooden and brick buildings. A harmony in use, scale and setting among its structures, cohesively meshed with memories of the great events the street has seen, continues to convey a clear sense of its place in our national history.

La rue Great George rappelle abondamment ses origines
Great George Street Historic District Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, July 8, 2014
2. Great George Street Historic District Marker
du XVIIIe siècle et sa transformation subséquente en l'une des principales rue de Charlottetown. Orientée vers Province House, siège du gouvernement de l'Île-du-Prince-Édouard et berceau de la Confédération, elle est depuis toujours bordée d'édifices publics et de maisons particulières. En 1864, les pères de la Confédération, venus assister à la Conférence de Charlottetown, débarquèrent sur le quai situé à son extrémité, et certains délégués séjournèrent à l'hôtel Pavilion, à proximité. Aux premières demeures inspirés du classicisme britannique qui y furent construites vinrent s'ajouter peu à peu des bâtiments de divers styles. Et des églises aux imposants clochers de pierre côtoient avantageusement de simples constructions de bois et de brique. L'harmonie d'usage, d'échelle et de situation de ses bâtiments, alliée à l'empreinte des événements marquants dont elle a été témoin, souligne nettement la place que cette rue occupe dans l'histoire de notre pays.
Erected by Historic Sites and Monument Board of Canada/Commission de lieux et monuments historique du Canada.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Roads & VehiclesSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Canada, Historic Sites and Monuments Board series list.
Great George Street image. Click for full size.
By Wm. Notman & Son, 1916
3. Great George Street
St. Dunstan's Basilica is in the background.
46° 13.952′ N, 63° 7.366′ W. Marker is in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, in Queens County. Marker is on Great George Street, in the median. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 9 Great George Street, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island C1A 1A6,, Canada. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Gainsford House (within shouting distance of this marker); Heralded Arrival… of the Circus (within shouting distance of this marker); A Wet Warehouse in a Dry City / La sobriété avant tout (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); Impulsive Ambush / Une attaque impulsive (about 150 meters away); Threaded Together with Iron and Steel (about 180 meters away); Railway Car Shop (about 180 meters away); Carvell Building (about 180 meters away); Hillsborough Bridge (about 180 meters away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Charlottetown.
More about this marker. This marker is near Peake's Quay.
Also see . . .  Great George Street Historic District National Historic Site of Canada. On August 31st and September 1st 1864, the Fathers of Confederation arrived at Peake’s Quay Charlottetown to attend the Charlottetown Conference. The event was hosted at Province House, the historic seat of Island government, which sits at the end of Great George Street. The discussions at this conference resulted in the confederation of four provinces of British North America into the Dominion of Canada on
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July 1, 1867 in Québec. Since 1864, Great George Street has retained its original colonial plan, its close association with the water, and its regular ascent to the central square and seat of government at Province House.
(Submitted on January 9, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.) 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on January 9, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 309 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 9, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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