Inspired by classical Greek architecture, the Thomas Loggie House at 221 Church street in Fredericton features an enormous portico of six massive Ionic columns, a deeply banded entablature and pediment gable with a half-rounded window, a curved verandah and second floor balcony, bay windows, and a wonderfully detailed interior with parquet floors, beveled and stained glass, carved columns and deep-paneled wainscoting. Construction of theThomas Loggie House began in 1907.
Thomas Loggie, native was born in Burnt Church 12 Nov 1854. Loggie received his secondary education at the Presbyterian Academy in Chatham and became a draftsman with the provincial Department of Lands and Mines in 1871.
In 1884 a map of New Brunswick, “beautifully executed in every detail” by him, won a medal in the Edinburgh Exhibition. In 1908 he was appointed deputy surveyor general of New Brunswick. In 1914 he was awarded an honorary MScF degree by the University of New Brunswick. In 1918 he received the Imperial Service Order. By the time he retired in 1925 he had been a civil servant for fifty-four years.
In the 1870s Loggie represented New Brunswick three times in shooting competitions held at Wimbledon in England, and he was a member of the team which brought the Kolapore Cup to Canada. As a young man, he was a bandsman in the militia, and he rose through the ranks to become a lieutenant colonel and commanding officer of the 71st York Battalion in 1900. In 1888 he was an incorporator of the Tabusintac Fishing Club, the other members of which were Saint John sportsmen. This club and a Renous fishing club, which was also organized in 1888, were among the first sporting clubs on the Miramichi.
Loggie played an important part in a great many community organizations over a long lifetime and was a truly outstanding resident of the province. He and his wife, Ada Purves, raised two sons, one of whom was Brig. Gen. Gerald P. Loggie, who was a senior officer at army headquarters in Ottawa during World War II.
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