A summer wedding, St. Dunstan’s Basilica, 31 July 1900

Photo courtesy of the Dorothy Forsythe Collection, City of Charlottetown Archives

Photo courtesy of the Dorothy Forsythe Collection, City of Charlottetown Archives

A common sight in Charlottetown during the summertime is a wedding. Pictured here is the wedding party of Alice May Sullivan and William Lewis Scott. Alice May was the daughter of Premier, Chief Justice, and namesake of the Sullivan Building, Hon.  W.W. Sullivan and Alice Maude Newbery of Charlottetown. William Lewis Scott was the son of R.W. Scott, Secretary of State.

Pictured behind them is the third St. Dunstan’s Basilica that was severely damaged by fire in 1913. Although sections of the first story were saved, much of the building was destroyed. The destruction of the beautiful cathedral allowed for a significant interior redesign by architect, John Marshall Hunter in the 1919 (present day) version of St. Dunstan’s Basilica. Hunter’s design allowed for much more light in the church.

 

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