Talk on Isaac Smith

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ENTERTAINMENT -

A lec­ture to cel­e­brate the achieve­ment of a famed Is­land builder will be held on Mon­day, Aug. 14 at 7 p.m., in the newly re­fur­bished Car­riage House at Bea­cons­field. Ad­mis­sion is $5.

While Canada cel­e­brates its 150th an­niver­sary, it is also the year to mark the ar­rival of the York­shire builder, Isaac Smith, to Char­lot­te­town on June 25, 1817. In the next 31 years, he would be­come the Is­land’s most prom­i­nent ar­chi­tect and builder, chang­ing the face of Char­lot­te­town with a new style of build­ing called the Greek Revival and pro­vid­ing churches, court­houses, houses and even a light­house in other set­tle­ments such as Saint Eleanor’s, South Winsloe, Rus­tico, Ge­orge­town and Point Prim.

To cel­e­brate this bi­cen­ten­nial and the achieve­ment of Smith, art his­to­rian Reg Porter will give an il­lus­trated lec­ture that will ex­plore the pos­si­ble ori­gins of Smith’s in­spi­ra­tion and ex­am­ine some of Smith’s build­ings.

At least five struc­tures which Smith de­signed, or in which he had a hand, are still stand­ing .The two great­est of these, Gov­ern­ment House and Prov­ince House, still serve their pur­pose and are the finest pub­lic build­ings con­structed on the Is­land.

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