Winter Architectural Lecture Series 2015: Bringing Heritage Into the Future

Mary Gallant of the PEI Scottish Settlers Historical Society kicks off the Winter Lecture Series with “Glenaladale 1884: A Remarkable Island Residence”.

Mary Gallant of the PEI Scottish Settlers Historical Society kicks off the annual winter lecture series with “Glenaladale 1884: A Remarkable Island Residence”.

The Institute for Architectural Studies and Conservation, in association with Beaconsfield Historic House, will once again be presenting its winter lecture series this January. The theme for 2015 is Bringing Heritage into the Future and the Institute has assembled a variety of specialists to explore stories of our connections with the Island’s built heritage.

Beginning January 5, the series kicks off with Mary Gallant of the PEI Scottish Settlers Historical Society presenting “Glenaladale 1884: A Remarkable Island Residence”. Her talk will explore the history of the beautiful house and its historical associations with the family of Captain John MacDonald who brought the Island’s first Catholic Scottish settlers – the Glenaladale Settlers – to Prince Edward Island. Other members of the family, such as Father John MacDonald, who brought the Glasgow Irish to the Island, an event which set in motion the arrival of the Monaghan Irish in 1830, and Sir William C. MacDonald, tobacco magnate and philanthropist, are important figures in the history of PEI, and indeed the country.

The series continues on January 12, when poet, editor, and lecturer in Island Studies at the University of Prince Edward Island, Laurie Brinklow, presents “My Island’s the House that I Sleep in at Night”. Inspired by Gaston Bachelard’s book, The Poetics of Space (1958), this lecture connects body, house, and poem with the concept of island, which is illustrated through the words and artistic imaginings of islanders from Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland, the Gulf Islands, and Tasmania. By looking at the components of a house, such as rooms and walls, doors and windows, attics and cellars, and comparing them to the body, an island, and the poem, she hopes to deepen our understanding of home. When the intimacy of a house imprints on our psyches, when our treasured island places do the same, we hold them deep in our memory. They become the places we return to for reassurance, security, comfort, home.

On January 19, Harry Holman, a historian and writer whose career has included serving as the Director of Culture, Heritage and Libraries and the Provincial Archivist, joins us to discuss one of the Island’s most talented architects in “Architect for a Changing City: C.B. Chappell and the Evolving Face of Charlottetown.” The talk will focus primarily on how the period from the 1880s to the 1930s was one of enormous change for Charlottetown and how one architect contributed to the look of the city during that period.

The series will conclude on January 26, with the City of Charlottetown’s Manager of the Planning and Heritage Department,  Alex Forbes, presenting an illustrated overview of the significant planning initiatives implemented in the City entitled, “How Plans Transform Communities”. A native Islander, Mr. Forbes has over 23 years of experience in planning and heritage in both New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. In addition to his latest role at the City of Charlottetown, his career has included working as Assistant Director of Development Services and Assistant Director for Strategic Direction and Internal Consulting for the City of Fredericton.

Please come join the Institute and its friends to welcome this fascinating and diverse group of speakers as they share with us their illustrated lectures. Bringing Heritage into the Future runs on Mondays in January 2015 (5, 12, 19 and 26) at 7pm at Beaconsfield Carriage House. Admission is open to the public by donation and light refreshments will be served. Storm dates to be announced via local media.

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Author and Artist, Sterling Stratton presents the Illustrated Lecture, The Streets of Charlottetown in 1864

102 Brighton Road By Sterling Stratton

102 Brighton Road
By Sterling Stratton

On Friday, May 30, at 10.30am, the Institute for Architectural Studies and Conservation, in conjunction with Beaconsfield Historic House and the Royal Commonwealth Society PEI Branch, will present the illustrated lecture, the Streets of Charlottetown in 1864, by Sterling Stratton at Beaconsfield Carriage House. Refreshments will be served prior to the lecture at 10:15. Admission is free and all are welcome.

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Join the Institute Monday, January 27 at Beaconsfield’s Carriage House where the Winter Lecture Series concludes with Ole Hammarlund’s talk, Future Heritage Buildings on PEI

Architectural Heritage on PEI: Past, Present and Future runs on Mondays in January 2014 (6, 13, 20 and 27) at 7pm.

The Why Condos interior.
The WhY was once the local YMCA that was converted by Ole Hammarlund and Karen Lipps into loft style condos and work spaces.
Architectural Heritage on PEI: Past, Present and Future runs on Mondays in January 2014 (6, 13, 20 and 27) at 7pm.

Special thanks to Sharon Larter, Karen Lipps, Isabel Court and Bruce Bennett for sharing their experiences with renovating heritage buildings at Beaconsfield’s Carriage House last Monday night. We have been having sell out crowds each week so please be sure to come early in order to get a seat.

The series will conclude at Beaconsfield’s Carriage House on January 27 when architect, Ole Hammarlund, FRAIC, will present Future Heritage Buildings on PEI. His own projects include the Coles Building, co-op housing projects, the ARK (a visionary bio-shelter funded by the Canadian government for the New Alchemy Institute), a variety of University buildings and the WhY condos.

Please come join the Institute and its friends to celebrate 2014. Architectural Heritage on PEI: Past, Present and Future runs on Mondays in January 2014 (6, 13, 20 and 27) at 7pm. Admission is open to the public by donation and light refreshments will be served. Storm dates to be announced via local media.

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Come to Beaconsfield’s Carriage House Monday, January 20 for Keeping the Past Alive: Four Case Studies

Speaker, Sharon Larter's home in August 2012 after an extensive restoration

Speaker, Sharon Larter’s home in August 2012 after an extensive restoration

Many thanks to Boyde Beck who spoke to a full house on Monday night and told us all about the the oldest and most historically significant square in Charlottetown – Queen Square. You can read more of Boyde’s work in the latest issue of the Island Magazine or hear him on CBC’s Mainstreet.

The lecture series continues on January 20, when Sharon Larter, Isabel Court, Bruce Bennett and Karen Lipps  come together at Beaconsfield’s Carriage House to relate their adventures in restoration in the talk, Keeping the Past Alive: four case studies.

The series will conclude at Beaconsfield’s Carriage House on January 27 when architect,Ole Hammarlund, FRAIC, will present Future Heritage Buildings on PEI. His own projects include the Coles Building, co-op housing projects, the ARK (a visionary bio-shelter funded by the Canadian government for the New Alchemy Institute), a variety of University buildings and the WhY condos.

Please come join the Institute and its friends to celebrate 2014. Architectural Heritage on PEI: Past, Present and Future runs on Mondays in January 2014 (6, 13, 20 and 27) at 7pm. Admission is open to the public by donation and light refreshments will be served. Storm dates to be announced via local media.

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Winter lecture series continues Monday, January 13 with Boyde Beck’s The Evolution of Queen Square

Queen Square, c. 1860

Queen Square, c. 1860

Sincerest thanks to Dr. Ed MacDonald for providing a packed house last Monday night with the history of Province House and the Charlottetown Conference. The public can read more about the topic in a book he co-wrote with Catherine Hennessey and  Dr. David Keenlyside entitled, Landscapes of Confederation.

Join us this Monday night, January 13 at Beaconsfield’s Carriage House where popular historian, author, and Curator of History, PEI Museum and Heritage Foundation, Boyde Beck, will share the history of an area that has been the symbolic centre of the Island’s mercantile, political, judicial, religious and cultural life, in the illustrated talk, The Evolution of Queen Square. 

On January 20Sharon Larter, Isabel Court, Bruce Bennett and Karen Lipps, four individuals with a variety of backgrounds that share the experience of restoring heritage buildings, will come together at Beaconsfield’s Carriage House to relate their adventures in restoration in the talk, Keeping the Past Alive: four case studies.

The series will conclude at Beaconsfield’s Carriage House on January 27 when architect,Ole Hammarlund, FRAIC, will present Future Heritage Buildings on PEI. His own projects include the Coles Building, co-op housing projects, the ARK (a visionary bio-shelter funded by the Canadian government for the New Alchemy Institute), a variety of University buildings and the WhY condos.

Please come join the Institute and its friends to celebrate 2014. Architectural Heritage on PEI: Past, Present and Future runs on Mondays in January 2014 (6, 13, 20 and 27) at 7pm. Admission is open to the public by donation and light refreshments will be served. Storm dates to be announced via local media.

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All are invited to celebrate 2014 with the Institute at its annual winter lecture series entitled: Architectural Heritage on PEI: Past, Present and Future

View of Queen Square c. 1907 Architectural Heritage on PEI: Past, Present and Future runs on Mondays in January 2014 (6, 13, 20 and 27) at 7pm

View of Queen Square c. 1907
Architectural Heritage on PEI: Past, Present and Future runs on Mondays in January 2014 (6, 13, 20 and 27) at 7pm

2014 marks 150 years since the Charlottetown Conference that led to Canadian Confederation and Prince Edward Island will be having a year-long celebration. The Institute for Architectural Studies and Conservation, in association with Beaconsfield Historic House, will be kicking off the sesquicentennial by devoting its annual winter lecture series to the Island’s architectural past, present and future. Everyone is invited to join us Monday evenings at 7pm in January for the series themed for 2014, Architectural Heritage on PEI: Past, Present and Future.

For the occasion, the Institute has assembled a group of specialists to explore stories of our connections with the Island’s built heritage. Beginning January 6, the series will be launched at the scene of the Confederation talks, Province House, with Dr. Ed MacDonald’s Province House and the Charlottetown Conference. The Professor of History and author will draw on his extensive knowledge of the Island’s History and present an illustrated lecture using historical and contemporary images to tell the story of the iconic building and the conference that led to Confederation.

For the second lecture, on January 13, the series moves to Beaconsfield’s Carriage House, where popular historian, author, and Curator of History, PEI Museum and Heritage Foundation, Boyde Beck, will share the history of an area that has been the symbolic centre of the Island’s mercantile, political, judicial, religious and cultural life, in the illustrated talk, The Evolution of Queen Square.

On January 20, Sharon Larter, Isabel Court, Bruce Bennett and Karen Lipps, four individuals with a variety of backgrounds that share the experience of restoring heritage buildings, will come together at Beaconsfield’s Carriage House to relate their adventures in restoration in the talk, Keeping the Past Alive: four case studies.

The series will conclude at Beaconsfield’s Carriage House on January 27 when architect, Ole Hammarlund, FRAIC, will present Future Heritage Buildings on PEI. His own projects include the Coles Building, co-op housing projects, the ARK (a visionary bio-shelter funded by the Canadian government for the New Alchemy Institute), a variety of University buildings and the WhY condos.

Please come join the Institute and its friends to celebrate this important year. Architectural Heritage on PEI: Past, Present and Future runs on Mondays in January 2014 (6, 13, 20 and 27) at 7pm. The first lecture is at Province House and the remaining three are at Beaconsfield’s Carriage House. Admission is open to the public by donation and light refreshments will be served. Storm dates to be announced via local media.

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Lecture Series, Forever Home: A Series on Older Houses, tackles the challenges of owning an older home

"Forever Home: A Series on Older Houses" organiser Natalie Hashie poses with presenter Josh Silver (left), Learning Manager of the Heritage Retrofit Carpentry Program at Holland College, and Fred Horne (right) of Culture Summerside. The series of three lectures and a workshop geared towards owners of pre-1960 houses will be hosted at the Lefurgey Cultural Centre and the Waterfront Campus of Holland College in late October and early November

“Forever Home: A Series on Older Houses” organiser Natalie Hashie poses with presenter Josh Silver (left), Learning Manager of the Heritage Retrofit Carpentry Program at Holland College, and Fred Horne (right) of Culture Summerside. The series of three lectures and a workshop geared towards owners of pre-1960 houses will be hosted at the Lefurgey Cultural Centre and the Waterfront Campus of Holland College in late October and early November

Heritage Consultant Natalie Hashie, Holland College and Culture Summerside hope to help owners of historic homes take a chunk out of their heating bill this winter.
Energy efficiency is just one of the topics scheduled for “Forever Home: A Series on Older Houses”, a series of lectures and a workshop designed to address the challenges that owners of homes built prior to 1960 face with their older houses.
Three lectures at the Lefurgey Cultural Centre in Summerside address “Heating an Historic House in a Modern Era” (October 29), “Planning Ahead to Manage Your Home’s Health” (November 5) and “Your House’s ‘Skin’: Wooden Shingle and Clapboard Siding” (November 12).
A hands-on workshop on November 2nd at Holland College’s Waterfront Campus in Summerside is designed to give homeowners the skills needed to perform basic repairs to wooden windows and doorways.
Speakers include instructors from Holland College’s Carpentry, Heritage Retrofit Carpentry and Energy Systems Engineering Technology programs, and contractor Trevor Young of Trevor Young Carpentry Services Inc.
Organiser Natalie Hashie, who operates a heritage consulting firm on the Island, is excited to host this event. “Historic houses are an integral part of our streetscapes on Prince Edward Island. Our goal is to reach homeowners with the information they need to make their homes’ needs manageable and cost effective.”
Fred Horne of Culture Summerside says part of their mandate is encouraging architectural preservation in Summerside and Holland College is an obvious fit as a partner for this series.
“As the cost of home heating rises, the first properties to be abandoned will be large, older homes,” says Josh Silver, Learning Manager of the Heritage Retrofit Carpentry Program at Holland College. “We can make these homes energy efficient and comfortable and preserve them for the future.”
As space is limited, registration is required for these events. For more information, people can visit http://foreverhomeseries.eventbrite.ca/ or contact Natalie at 1-888-613-5597.

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