• 1995-1999 THE END OF MY CAREER

    In February 1994, I presented to the Government House Committee, and the Department of Transportation and Public Works my report on Planning Restorations of the East Portico and Verandas at Government House along with Renovations to the East Entrance and the Lieutenant-Governor’s Office Suite. Authorisation for this project had been signed back in May of 1992 and it had taken me just over 18 months to complete the excruciatingly difficult work involved in determining precise measurements and details that could be used by architects for the actual restoration work that was being proposed. This was a truly extraordinary opportunity to restore the verandas to their original appearance, and so importantly,…

  • 1992-1995 MY BUSIEST YEARS AS A HERITAGE CONSULTANT

    In 1992 I was invited by the West Prince Industrial Commission, in the person of Scott Harper, to work with Peter Ratelle to plan an interpretative centre at North Cape. This involved producing a concept, a storyline, graphics research, original photography and production supervision. North Cape had long been for me the most mystical place on the Island, a barren jagged point of land dominated by a soaring white lighthouse built in the 1860s. Going out to sea for three miles, it was said, was a deadly reef first observed by Jacques Cartier in the 1530s. It is not known how many ships were wrecked there, but in the cobbles…

  • 1991-1993 NEW DIRECTIONS AND GRATIFYING YEARS AS A HERITAGE CONSULTANT

    1991 was a very exciting year for me which was dominated by the building and setting up of the musée Acadien de l’Île-du-Prince-Édouard in Miscouche. Since the early 1960s Miscouche’s historical treasures had been housed in a huge log structure that was suffering the fate of such buildings – extensive rot. A new museum was designed by a team of Charlottetown architects in a simple but clever way. An L-shaped building with a protrusion at the back housed the permanent exhibition on the left, as well as a gallery for changing exhibitions. A generous reception area provides adequate room for a book stand and gatherings of people. On the right…

  • 1988-1990 MY FIRST BUSY YEARS AS A HERITAGE CONSULTANT

    I left the Heritage Foundation early in 1988. Somebody, I can no longer remember who, wrote the following gracious obituary in the May 1988 Newsletter. All that was missing was the date for the funeral. Well, I didn’t die – I couldn’t – because I was teaching the Spring Term of Baroque and Rococo Art at UPEI. (In the following 11 years, until my retirement in 1999, I taught 44 Art History courses at UPEI – on campus, in Summerside and in Montague.)   HOME SWEET HOME My centre of operations now shifted to my home, the most beloved apartment ever, at 162 Dorchester Street, owned by the late Orin…