Duncan Mason Building (Cross Key Condos) - C21Colonial's Old Homes Week

Century 21 Colonial's Old Homes Week

Cross Key Condos, Charlottetown 

AKA: Duncan Mason Building

Old home week marks a special time when friends and family reunite on the island to recount old memories and make new ones. Just like the memories families make together, so do the homes they once lived in. This week we will be showcasing five historical homes as part of our Old Homes Week, highlighting interesting points of these prominent homes in Prince Edward Island. 

Today we feature The Duncan Mason Building, which now houses Cross Key Condos and local businesses Liquid Gold and Terre Rouge. The property lies on the corner of Queen and Dorchester streets in historic Downtown Charlottetown. The building was originally built in 1855 by Hon. James Duncan and was praised for being built of bricks at a time when fires were not uncommon in the downtown. The building originally houses two large shops and a warehouse above - coved ceilings and a large pier glass were original features of the shops to make the interior look larger.


91 Dorchester, Suite 401 (Cross Key Condos) is currently for sale with Century 21 Colonial and can be viewed here.

In his day, Duncan was a seen as a leader in the local business world, employing workmen to build ships, contracting groups to secure cargo, and merchandising foreign goods. The success lasted a while, but due to some downturn, Duncan eventually declared bankruptcy. This move was something that some published in local papers, while others avoided mentioning it out of sympathy for a business man losing out at forces beyond his control. Before Duncan's financial ruin, he entrusted the property to his daughter Caroline, who kept the property in the family until her death. It was later sold by her kin to George C. Gardiner, King's Printer in Charlottetown. 

Today, the house property looks like this: 

To view a complete listing of 91 Dorchester, Suite 401 (Cross Key Condos) please click here.

If you have questions about 91 Dorchester, Suite 401 please send us a message to colonialrealty@century21.ca.

Stay tuned for more historic homes to be featured as a part of C21Colonial's Old Homes Week!

*B&W Image and historical information sourced from "Charlottetown - The Life in Its Buildings" by Irene L. Rogers. Contemporary image sourced from "Charlottetown Then and Now" by W. Blair MacDonald & D. Scott MacDonald.


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