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Explore Brandon’s Heritage at the 13th annual Doors Open Brandon Event, taking place July 19th and 20th!

The following buildings will be participating in this year’s event. These locations will be open for free, self-guided tours from 1 pm to 5 pm each day (unless otherwise stated).


 

Daly House
122 – 18th Street

Date of Construction: 1882

The original portion of this building was constructed in 1882 for Brandon’s first mayor, Thomas Mayne Daly. The architectural firm for the building was McCoskie & Co. Borrowing from two architectural styles, the home’s Georgian characteristics include a steeply pitched roof, hipped dormers, a facade divided into an odd number of bays, and moulding detail on dormers and under the eaves. The Italianate features include segmental windows with decorative voussoirs and sills, a bay window, a decorative brick belt, and brick corbelling. In 1896, Daly sold the home to his law partner, George R. Coldwell. Coldwell and his family resided here for over thirty years and were responsible for the third floor addition. A final extension and other renovations were made from 1928 to 1972 when the home was occupied by The Maples orphanage. In 1976, the address was purchased by Brandon Museum Inc. and opened two years later as the Daly House Museum.

 

Former Clement House
1635 Lorne Avenue

Date of Construction: 1905

SATURDAY ONLY

Dr. David E. Clement, a prominent local druggist, had the home at 1635 Lorne Avenue built in 1905 as a wedding gift for his wife. Designed in the Classic Revival style, the home was built by contractor Frank C. Lissaman and offers such details as dormer windows, a decorative gable, dentils, and a pent extension. The more eminent details, however, lie indoors. After sitting vacant for a number of years, the home passed to Dr. Sharpe and his family, who lived in the house for several decades and had oak cabinets built for housing cellos. The names of the Sharpe children can be seen scribbled on the exterior wall of the second-storey porch. The Sharpe family also had monkey bars installed on the third floor. Where the main floor bathroom is now there was once a set of servants’ stairs going up to the second floor. There are many more interesting details and stories attached to the home, so be sure to ask questions!

1635 Lorne Avenue will have complimentary refreshments generously provided by Murray Hurl of Hurl’s Food Mart.

 

St. Augustine of Canterbury Roman Catholic Church

327-4th Street

Date of Construction: 1902

Wheelchair Accessible

SUNDAY ONLY

St. Augustine of Canterbury Roman Catholic Church was established in Brandon in 1889. In 1902, the cornerstone of this stunning Gothic church was laid. The new church opened and was consecrated on August 29, 1903, with ceremonies being held over two days. The first designs were drawn by local architect W.H. Shillinglaw, however these plans were altered and then completed by St. Boniface architect Mr. C. Cusson. With its pointed arches, towers, and buttresses, the design boasts a distinctly Gothic style. Like other Gothic churches, the design places an emphasis on height; the church is surmounted by a majestic 40-metre steeple peaking at a cruciform finial. The main entrance is adorned with blazons and inscriptions. The exterior is decorated with brick corbelling and pointed windows with decorative sills and voussoirs. Also contributing to the detailed exterior are ornamental and stained glass windows. 

St. Augustine houses a crypt in the basement, honouring parish priest Fr. William M. Godtz, who was one of numerous men to die of exposure in the harsh winter of 1904. The church is also home to a 1914 St. Hyacinthe Casavant Bros. organ.  Major restorations to the church were completed in 2008.

 

Brandon Armoury
1116 Victoria Avenue

Date of Construction: 1907

Wheelchair Accessible

Construction of the Brandon Armoury began in 1907 and was completed in 1909. The building was designed by national architect David Ewart, who was responsible for the designs of over 300 buildings across Canada. Construction was overseen by local architect Thomas Sinclair. The Late Gothic Revival structure is built almost entirely out of stone, brick, and metal. The roof is accented by a tower, battlement, and ventilator. Other decorative elements include a brick belt, a recessed entrance, and an inscription stone showing the date of construction. The designs entailed an armoury on the ground floor, officers’ quarters on the second, and the caretaker’s rooms on the third. The rear portion was used as a drill hall. Throughout its history, the Armoury has housed the XII Manitoba Dragoons, the 26th Field Artillery Regiment, and the 99th Manitoba Rangers. The Armoury now houses the XII Manitoba Dragoons and 26th Field Regiment Museum, which is dedicated to the Southwestern Manitoba units that have served Canada. The museum contains uniforms, badges, medals, and historical guns. Don’t miss these interesting displays!

Complimentary refreshments available at this location!

 

 

Former Graham Residence

706 Lorne Avenue

Date of Construction: 1903

This Queen Anne-style home was built in 1903 for Mr. Herbert Clement Graham. Graham worked as a farmer before being elected to the Manitoba Legislature in 1888, serving three terms before resigning in 1897. Graham then became the customs collector for all of western Manitoba. Graham, his wife Annie, and their four children resided at this address until 1913. The home was then sold to barrister, police magistrate, and juvenile court judge Archibald Smith. The home belonged to Smith until 1937. Designed by W.H. Shillinglaw, the home boasts many ornate architectural elements including a pyramidal roof adorned with arched and gable-shaped dormers, a detailed chimney, and a finial. The roof is trimmed with flared wide eaves, dentils, and friezes. The design features an open verandah, enclosed porch, and decorative shingle belt. Ornamental, palladian, and stained glass windows add elegance to the home. Behind the home sits a carriage house featuring wood shingles, sash lights, and a finial.

 

Brandon General Museum & Archives
19 – 9th Street

Date of Construction: 1913

Occupied by the Manitoba Government Telephone Exchange until the late 1960s, the Telephone Building was constructed in 1916. The new building, designed by Winnipeg architects Fingland and Hanford, replaced the original Brandon Telephone Exchange that once stood next door. The installation of telephone systems and equipment was completed on January 1st, 1918 and the building was opened for tours on January 16th. Originally two storeys high and ending in a projecting cornice, a third floor was added in 1929. The structure offers such details as a recessed entrance, a pediment, and pilasters. Brick decoration is formed with flat panels of geometrical patterns. The main floor currently houses the Brandon General Museum & Archives (BGMA).

Step down the hall to find the Brandon Hills Model Railroad Club, which was founded in 1980 to promote the hobby of model railroading. Be sure to view their exhibit while visiting the museum!

 

Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum
Brandon Municipal Airport

Date of Construction: 1941

Wheelchair Accessible

Built in 1941, the airplane hangar was one of over six hundred hangars erected by the federal government between 1940 and 1943 and is one of only a few surviving in Canada. The building is associated with the training of military personnel during World War II under the Commonwealth Air Training Plan. The Plan was an impressive national achievement and served as a major contribution to the Allied victory. The hangar now houses the Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum. It is the only hangar known to be committed to housing artifacts of the Plan. The hangar has been designated as a heritage site by all three levels of government: municipal, provincial, and national. There is no entrance fee to view the museum during Doors Open so please take this opportunity to view the extensive memorabilia and restored planes hidden within.

The full 2009 - 2012 Heritage Resources Management Plan, as prepared by The Brandon Municipal Heritage Advisory Committee, is available below as a PDF:

Over time, significant buildings, structures or sites may be damaged, demolished or destroyed for various reasons. The following is a list of some of the more notable buildings, structures or sites that are lost to posterity.

 

 

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