A house full of history in Seaview

Amber Nicholson newsroom@journalpioneer.com
Published on July 26, 2010
Faye Pound will be speaking at Keir Memorial Museum on Wednesday about this house near Seaview. AMBER NICHOLSON/JOURNAL PIONEER
Amber Nicholson/Journal Pioneer

Seaview - Historical architecture enthusiast Faye Pound will share her knowledge of the John Sutherland House at the Keir Memorial Museum's Summer Historical Series tomorrow.


Pound has spent most of her life researching the architecture and stories that make up some of the oldest buildings on P.E.I.

"I find historical research very satisfying," Pound said. "I love all old buildings, but there is something about houses that make them my favorite."

Built in 1860 near Seaview, the John Sutherland house is one of the few remaining historical homes that is being kept in its original form.

"This house is gloriously old," Pound raved. "It is one of my favorite houses on P.E.I."

The 16-room house, nicknamed the Melrose Cottage, was built by John St. Clair Sutherland. He, and his wife Marion, moved to P.E.I. from Scotland in 1842.

"It is a gothic revival house," Pound explained. "It was built with a lot of Scottish detailing and design."

Original features that still remain intact today include a teardrop-trim pierced with triangles, six over six windows made of hand-blown glass and handmade, square-headed nails.

Five generations of Sutherlands had their turn living in the home. The final Sutherland to live there was Barbara Sutherland who moved out two years ago when the home became unsafe to live in.

"It just became too difficult for her," explained Pound. "It needs quite a bit of repair."

Joe Schurman of Summerside purchased the heritage home. He now lives in Texas, but has contractors working to repair the home.

"We're thrilled someone is taking care of it, and sensitively," said Pound.

She said Schurman is ensuring contractors are careful not to alter the original character of the building.

Pound will speak in detail about the home at 10 a.m. on Wednesday at Keir Memorial Museum.