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Mutter House

116 2nd Avenue, Pipestone, Manitoba, R0M, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1997/08/14

Main elevation detail, from the south, of the Mutter House, Reston, 2005; Historic Resources Branch, Manitoba Culture, Heritage, Tourism and Sport, 2005
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Main elevation, from the south, of the Mutter House, Reston, 2005; Historic Resources Branch, Manitoba Culture, Heritage, Tourism and Sport, 2005
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Other Name(s)

Mutter House
Sundial Bed and Breakfast
Gîte touristique Sundial

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Construction Date(s)

1909/01/01 to 1909/12/31

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2005/03/24

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

The Mutter House is a dignified 2 1/2 storey red brick dwelling peeking out from behind the mature trees of a well-groomed lot on a quiet residential street in Reston. Constructed in 1909, the house is situated among dwellings of similar age, proportion and style, but is distinguished by a double-height wooden verandah that gives the building a welcoming air. The municipal designation applies to the house and the yard upon which it sits.

Heritage Value

The Mutter House is a good representative of the kind of modern, stately home a reasonably prosperous family could build in a booming agricultural community in rural Manitoba in the early 1900s. Common to the era in size, construction and aesthetics, the house features a typical four-square design, but is distinguished from its architectural peers by its carefully recreated verandah and balcony. The Mutter House also holds value in its association with its original owner, noted local grain buyer, Thomas Mutter, and two generations of his descendants. Working at the Lake of the Woods Milling Co. elevator longer than any other buyer, Mutter was widely known among Reston-area farmers and a key figure in the local grain market.

Source: Rural Municipality of Pipestone By-law No. 8/97, August 14, 1997

Character-Defining Elements

Key elements that define the site's heritage character include:
- placement of the house on a grassed and treed lot on the north side of Second Avenue in Reston

Key elements that define the house's stalwart external heritage, as built for the Mutter family, include:
- its box-like form of red brick with solid proportions, rising to a maximum height of 2½ storeys, with a hipped roof and dormer window into the attic
- the front facade dominated by a screened-in wooden verandah, painted white, with a second-storey balcony creating a strong sense of rhythm with its strong balustrade
- a variety of window sizes and shapes throughout, including larger ones on the main floor and taller rectangular ones on the upper storeys, all with decorative brick caps and protruding sills of rusticated limestone

Key elements that define the house's internal heritage character include:
- the spacious formally planned floors, brightly lit, with a central-hall configuration
- the no-nonsense finishes and details, including hardwood floors, period woodwork in the simple hardwood banister on the main staircase, period door and window mouldings, hardware and heating grates, second-storey room doors with transom lights, and a balcony door with ornately carved wood motifs bordering the inset window
- the restrained, yet effective stained-glass work in the tops of living and dining room windows




Recognition Authority

Local Governments (MB)

Recognition Statute

Manitoba Historic Resources Act

Recognition Type

Municipal Heritage Site

Recognition Date


Historical Information

Significant Date(s)


Theme - Category and Type

Developing Economies
Trade and Commerce

Function - Category and Type


Commerce / Commercial Services
Hotel, Motel or Inn


Single Dwelling

Architect / Designer




Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

RM of Pipestone Box 99 401-3rd Avenue Reston MB R0M 1X0

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier




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