The McDonald Block is located at 1101 Central Ave. The building was constructed in 1912 by Charles McDonald to both operate his pharmacy out of and provide a home for his wife.
McDonald operated out of this building from 1913-1919. In addition to McDonald, Lucy Maud Montgomery lived here during her time in Prince Albert.
Lucy Maud Montgomery was born in Clifton (now New London), Prince Edward Island, on November 30, 1874, to Hugh John Montgomery and Clara Woolner Macneill. When Montgomery was 21 months old, her mother died of tuberculosis. Her father left her in the care of her mother's parents, Alexander and Lucy Woolner Macneill of Cavendish, and moved to western Canada, where he eventually settled in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, and remarried.
While in Prince Albert, she achieved her first publication - a poem entitled "On Cape LeForce" published by a Prince Edward Island newspaper, The Patriot. In 1905, she wrote her first and most famous novel, Anne of Green Gables. She sent the manuscript to several publishers, but, after receiving rejections from all of them, she put it away in a hat box. In 1907, she found the manuscript again, re-read it, and decided to try again to have it published. Anne of Green Gables was accepted by the Page Company of Boston, Massachusetts and published in 1908. An immediate best-seller, the book marked the beginning of Montgomery's successful career as a novelist.
The McDonald Building is now home to On the Avenue Gallery featuring the work of many artisans throughout Northern Saskatchewan.
For more information about the History and Culture of Prince Albert please visit the Historical Museum.