Historic Places of Prince Edward Island is an interesting website that heretofore had escaped my gaze. Although I played no direct role in its creation at all, under the hood it’s using the code that drives the Province of PEI website, code that was once near and dear to my heart (no doubt it has has been significantly evolved and enhanced since my days). It’s intriguing to see the code extended to use in such a different visual environment.
People with [Smith’s] skills were in short supply in the Island capital and this became more acute with the death in 1820 of John Plaw, another Englishman who had come to PEI and left his mark designing public buildings. Plaw’s courthouse/legislative building was standing proud in the centre of town on Queen Square. He had also drawn plans for a round market to be built next to it, but this was left undone at the time of his death. By 1823, Isaac and Henry Smith were given the task of completing Plaw’s market. They also were building private homes in the City, including one that still stands at 100 Prince Street (1827).
Interestingly, every Saturday morning Oliver and I eat our smoked salmon bagels at the modern Charlottetown Farmer’s Market with a painting of that selfsame round market hanging on the wall beside us. I’d no idea that the brothers Smith had played a role in its construction.
Another interesting Island heritage resource I’ve stumbled upon lately is Architectural Plans at the Public Archives and Records Office, an online exhibition of digitized architectural plans.