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Summerside architectural details featured on historic Water Street

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SUMMERSIDE, P.E.I. —

Culture Summerside has recently installed a new 15-panel exhibit on downtown historic Water Street, which features architectural elements of the city’s heritage district. 

Walkers on the street have the opportunity to expand their knowledge on a variety of the city’s most prominent architectural elements through the photography of John Clevett and the research and writing of archivist Jean MacKay. Highlighted are such elements as balconies, towers, columns and roundhead windows, which each play their part in creating the beauty and charm of architectural structures. Each has a story of origins and purpose. 

At the heart of the exhibition is Summerside’s Heritage District, which was designated by the City of Summerside in 2003 under the Summerside Heritage Conservation Bylaw, SS-20.

MacKay has also developed a fun interactive challenge for those who enjoy scavenger or treasure hunts. At the Lefurgey Cultural Centre, 205 Prince Street, or the MacNaught History Centre, 75 Spring St., people can pick up a leaflet with images of the different features and take a walk through the historic district to try and find for themselves the locations of the captured architectural features. 

“The hunt could prove the perfect outing for individuals, friends, couples, and families wishing to learn more about, and simply appreciate, the architecture that is a central part of our daily lives," says MacKay.

The exhibition will stay in place until mid-October.

For more information, contact MacKay, 902-432-1332 or Sara Zilke, 902-432-1296.

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