Looking east from the driveway of Fanningbank on Terry Fox Drive, the Sullivan Building is visible to left in beige, while the Jones Building is visible in red at right. The Shaw Building, the third building of the Provincial Administration Buildings, lies further east, and is hidden by the Sullivan and Jones buildings.
The formal garden of Fanningbank seemed to be somewhat past its peak at the end of July, but it was still carefully manicured, and still enjoyed the benefits of its location between the cool blue of Charlottetown Harbour and the dense green trees of Victoria Park.
Charlottetown's Fanningbank, officially known as Government House and home to the lieutenant-governor of Prince Edward Island, takes it name from the parcel of land it was built on, set aside by the Loyalist administrator Edmund Fanning. A modest mansion built in wood in the Georgian style of the 1830s, Fanningbank for me marks the western end of downtown Charlottetown. To its west lies Victoria Park, the neighbourhood of Brighton, and the North River beyond.
Prospect Cemetery is different in some noteworthy ways from Mount Pleasant Cemetery, the burying ground that is a natural match for it in size and location. Mount Pleasant is arguably defined by graves of people of British background, sober monuments in stone towering above the lanes. Prospect Cemetery's graves are more multicultural, the graves of southern and eastern Europeans being especially prominent. My eye was caught especially by particular graves, of people of Portuguese background, which were tended to marvelously, bedecked with flowers and grave goods by people who cared.
Charlottetown's Sullivan Building is part of the Provincial Administration Building complex located in the extreme west of the downtown between Kent and Fitzroy streets, home to the various offices and bureaus and ministries of the provincial government of Prince Edward Island. The brutalism of the building, and its neighbours, is characteristic of Charlottetown's official architecture in the decades after the Second World War.
Toronto's Prospect Cemetery extends as far south as St. Clair Avenue, touching Earlscourt. Back when this neighbourhood was a newly-annexed municipality on the northwest fringes of the City of Toronto, Earlscourt was a new communiy, home to many recent British immigrants. These people volunteered by the thousands to serve on the Western Front, and died in the hundreds. After the First World War, this memorial was built in Prospect Cemetery, Earlscourt's local cemetery, in honour of the neighbourhood's dead. Future king Edward VIII lent his presence to the ceremonies surrounding of this cenotaph in 1919.
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I took this photo on the northwest corner of Queen and Grafton in downtown Charlottetown, looking southeast towards the Confederation Centre of the Arts.
Of note is, visible in the lower half of the photo, the rainbow painted on the sidewalk. Pride happened to coincide with my visit to the Island this year.