1605 Victoria Avenue
(Lots 1/2, Block 16, Plan 2)
Designation Date: March 23rd, 1992
Designation Authority: The City of Brandon
Casa Maley was designed and built in 1912 by architect W.H. Shillinglaw. Built at a cost of $12,500, the home originally belonged to Henry Fitzgibbon Maley, founder and president of the Brandon Brewing and Bottling Company. Maley lost the house four years after it was built when prohibition spelled the end of the brewing business. Dr. Henry MacDiarmid purchased the property at that time and it remained in the MacDiarmid family for two generations.
Erected towards the end of Brandon’s great economic boom, the house is representative of the stately homes that grace the central area of the city. The three-storey home’s unique appearance can be attributed to the combination of European, Tudor, and Gingerbread styles. The Tudor styling, expressed in half timbers and dramatic play of dark and light patterns, was a popular architectural expression of the era. The spacious interior includes an ornate staircase constructed in quarter cut oak. Wood detailing of exquisite craftsmanship can also be found throughout the house.
In recent years, the home has served as a bed and breakfast establishment and as a care facility.