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Main room, Confederation Centre Public Library #pei #princeedwardisland #charlottetown #library #ccpl #confederationcentreofthearts #confederationcentrepubliclibrary

The Confederation Centre Public Library, centrepiece of the Prince Edward Island public library system, is housed in one of the Confederation Centre of the Arts' brutalist buildings. The library is shaped by this vast central chamber.
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One important thing to remember about Beaconsfield Historic House, since 1979 on the official register of Canada's Historic Places, is that when it was built in the 1870s it was a stellar achievement. The Peakes, a dynasty of shipuilders, had grown wealthy on a Prince Edward Island that had reached the apex of its 19th century prosperity. When the Island came to share in the post-Confederation slump of young Canada, part of the long depression, the Peakes lost everything. In a real sense, the expensively fitted-out Beaconsfield can be compared to the expensive mansions of those pre-Crash businesspeople who lost everything after 2008.

Wallpaper


Tiles


Parlour


Stairs


Chandelier


Kitchen


Kitchen (2)


Bedroom (1)


Bedroom (2)


Nursery


For the children


Bedroom (3)


Stained glass


View from the porch
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The views offered of Charlottetown Harbour from Beaconsfield's fourth-floor cupola are noteworthy.

From the top of Beaconsfield (1)


From the top of Beaconsfield (2)


From the top of Beaconsfield (3)


From the top of Beaconsfield (4)
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Beaconsfield Historic House #pei #princeedwardisland #charlottetown #beaconsfield #architecture #latergram

Beaconsfield Historic House, at 2 Kent Street on the western edge of downtown Charlottetown, was built at a time of economic boom as a mansion for a rich shipbuilding family, when the economy went bust the mansion drifted off through successive owners until it became a museum.

Designed and built by W.C. Harris in 1877 for James and Edith Peake, Beaconsfield was one of Charlottetown’s most elegant homes. Featuring the finest in materials and craftsmanship, it was also equipped with all the latest conveniences of the day. The Peakes, unfortunately, were destined to enjoy Beaconsfield for a very short time - a time filled with triumphs and tragedies.

Henry Cundall, the second owner, moved into Beaconsfield in 1883 with his sisters Penelope and Millicent. After his death in 1916, the house was used as a young ladies’ residence, and later, the “Cundall Home” became a residence for student nurses.

Today, Beaconsfield Historic House stands as a beautiful example of Victorian architecture with many original features, and, has a fascinating story to tell. It's open year-round for tours and hosts lectures, concerts and other special events in the Carriage House. Visit our gift shop featuring Island books, magazines, pottery and prints[.]
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Provincial Administration Buildings from the west #pei #princeedwardisland #charlottetown #architecture #brutalism #latergram


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.
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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.

Garden of Fanningbank (1) #pei #princeedwardisland #charlottetown #fanningbank #garden


Garden of Fanningbank (2) #pei #princeedwardisland #charlottetown #fanningbank #garden


Garden of Fanningbank (3) #pei #princeedwardisland #charlottetown #fanningbank #garden


Garden of Fanningbank (4) #pei #princeedwardisland #charlottetown #fanningbank #garden


Garden of Fanningbank (5) #pei #princeedwardisland #charlottetown #fanningbank #garden


Garden of Fanningbank #pei #princeedwardisland #charlottetown #fanningbank #garden


Garden of Fanningbank (6) #pei #princeedwardisland #charlottetown #fanningbank #garden


Garden of Fanningbank (7) #pei #princeedwardisland #charlottetown #fanningbank #garden #victoriapark


Garden of Fanningbank #pei #princeedwardisland (8) #charlottetown #fanningbank #garden #victoriapark


Path beyond #pei #princeedwardisland #charlottetown #fanningbank #garden #victoriapark
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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.

Fanningbank (1)


Fanningbank (2)


Fanningbank (3)
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The Sullivan Building in its setting #pei #princeedwardisland #charlottetown #sullivanbuilding #latergram


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.
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  • Dangerous Minds points readers to Cindy Sherman's Instagram account. ("_cindysherman_", if you are interested.)

  • Language Hat takes note of a rare early 20th century Judaeo-Urdu manuscript.

  • Language Log lists some of the many, many words and phrases banned from Internet usage in China.

  • The argument made at Lawyers, Guns and Money about Trump's many cognitive defects is frightening. How can he be president?

  • The LRB Blog <"a href="https://www.lrb.co.uk/blog/2017/08/03/lynsey-hanley/labour-and-traditional-voters/">notes that many traditional Labour voters, contra fears, are in fact willing to vote for non-ethnocratic policies.

  • The NYR Daily describes a book of photos with companion essays by Teju Cole that I like.

  • Of course, as Roads and Kingdom notes, there is such a thing as pho craft beer in Vietnam.

  • Peter Rukavina notes
  • Towleroad notes a love duet between Kele Okereke and Olly Alexander.

  • The Volokh Conspiracy seems unconvinced by the charges against Kronos programmer Marcus Hutchins.

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Golden Work, 51 Grafton Street #pei #princeedwardisland #graftonstreet #goldenwok #restaurant #chinesecanadian #latergram


Charlottetown's Golden Wok Restaurant on 51 Grafton Street, just a couple of blocks west of the downtown, is typical of the Chinese-Canadian restaurants of smalltown Canada.
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Confederation Centre of the Arts, southeast #pei #princeedwardisland #charlottetown #confederationcentreofthearts #queenstreet #graftonstreet


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.
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Space Marine Primaris Intercessor #pei #princeedwardisland #charlottetown #warhammer40k #wh40k


The new generation of the Imperium's Space Marines, the Primaris Intercessor, has made it to Charlottetown's excellent store The Comic Hunter.
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  • As described in The Guardian, this Summerside project to make the old train station into a restoration evokes Toronto's Summerhill station to me.

  • CBC notes how Prince Edward Island's dry summer might lead to a drought.

  • The Guardian reports on a community effort to preserve Covehead Bay. I only hope that Covehead Bay, like the other vulnerable estuaries of the Island, will be protected.

  • News that coyotes are in Charlottetown's East Royalty not more than a couple hundred metres from home is unshocking.

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One of the first places I visited in Charlottetown after waking up was that city's new Giant Tiger store, located in a strip mall--courtyard, really--at 449 University Avenue. I was curious to see this new discount retailer, not least because there are no Giant Tigers in downtown Toronto. (The closest the store locator lists to me is on Kipling Avenue in Etobicoke.)

This Giant Tiger had only been open for a week by the time I saw it, so the Charlottetown location still had the new-store sheen to it. This location did seem well-designed, funneling shopping through women's clothing through foodstuffs down through men's clothing and sundries, with reasonable merchandise. It looks like a useful addition to the retail landscape, a decided step up from Dollarama with its higher-end items like clothes, perhaps even a first approximation towards a replacement for departed chain stores like Zellers. I'm only surprised that there is not a Giant Tiger yet in downtown Toronto: Giant Tiger could do well, I am sure, if only it had the right location.

<center><a data-flickr-embed=" true"="true"" href="http://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/giant-tiger-roars-into-charlottetown-pei-634462183.htmlopen for a week</u></a> by the time I saw it, so the Charlottetown location still had the new-store sheen to it. It looks like a useful addition to the retail landscape, a decided step up from Dollarama with its higher-end items like clothes, perhaps even a first approximation towards a replacement for departed chain stores like Zellers. I'm only surprised that there is not a Giant Tiger yet in downtown Toronto: it could do well, I am sure, if only it had the right location.

<center><a data-flickr-embed=" title="Giant Tiger, grocery section">Giant Tiger, grocery section

Giant Tiger's, women's clothes section


Giant Tiger, towards the canned goods


Line-up at the cash
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  • CBC reports on the recent commemoration of Captain John MacDonald of Glenaladale, pioneer of Scottish Catholic settlers on PEI.

  • CBC reports on the growth of the shoulder, non-summer, tourist seasons in Prince Edward Island.

  • Mitch MacDonald's article in The Guardian looking at the invasion of Nova Scotia by PEI businesspeople is interesting.

  • After a recent period of convergence, CBC notes PEI wages have declined to about 85% of the Canadian average.

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One New York City poster of three


Two New York City posters of three


I bought these posters, neatly framed behind glass, from a now-defunct store in downtown Charlottetown--Zellers?--when I was 10 or so. These posters have remained on my bedroom wall ever since, even after I moved. From skyscraper skylines on my walls to skyscraper skylines outside my walls, I've gone.
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  • CBC reports on a straight Summerside couple who are painting rainbows around the Island's second city against hate.

  • Maureen Coulter writes in The Guardian about Pride week in Charlottetown, the start coinciding with my visit. I can scarcely imagine.

  • Katerina Georgieva notes the coming one-year anniversary of the arrival of the Abdulhey family from Syria on PEI.

  • Was a U-Boat sunk off the Island coast, by Tignish, in 1943? Millicent McKay reports on the latest search.

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