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Maley House

1605 Victoria Avenue, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1992/03/23

View of the west profile of the Maley House, Brandon 2005; Historic Resources Branch, Manitoba Culture, Heritage, Tourism and Sport, 2005
West Profile
View of the southwest elevation of the Maley House, Brandon 2005; Historic Resources Branch, Manitoba Culture, Heritage, Tourism and Sport, 2005
Southwest Elevation
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Other Name(s)

Maley House
McDairmid House
Maison McDairmid

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Construction Date(s)

1912/01/01 to 1912/12/31

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2005/07/15

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

Maley House, an imposing three-storey residence built in 1912 on a large corner lot on stately Victoria Avenue, is one of Brandon's most readily recognized dwellings. The Tudor Revival styling of the brick-veneer and stucco structure graces an elegant neighbourhood developed in the central residential area during the city's pre-1914 economic boom. The site's municipal designation applies to the building's full exterior and the lot on which it sits.

Heritage Value

Maley House is a well-executed and, in Brandon, rare example of a grand Tudor Revival-style house. Designed by W.H. Shillinglaw, the structure features half timbers, crisply defined dark and light patterns, gable ends that rise above mature trees and exquisite interior woodwork. Its construction helped set the standard for substantial dwellings and quality craftsmanship in a setting where the wide lanes and generous boulevard of Victoria Avenue attracted large homes occupied by the business elite. Built for Henry Fitzgibbon Maley, founder of the Brandon Brewing and Bottling Co., the house is also known locally for its long association with the family of Dr. Henry MacDiarmid, a prominent Brandon physician.

Source: City of Brandon By-law No. 5991, March 23, 1992

Character-Defining Elements

Key elements of the Maley House's landmark character include:
- its location, facing south on a spacious lot at the northwest corner of 16th Street and Victoria Avenue, set back from the sidewalks, with carefully trimmed trees

Key elements of the Maley House's impressive exterior Tudor Revival character include:
- the size, proportions and general outlines of each unique elevation, with the full three storeys standing above the neighbouring buildings, and with features such as the well-lit entrance porch on the east side topped by a balcony with balustrades
- the steep complex roofline with the hipped main roof set above cross gables, the two-level oriel window on the east elevation topped by a shallow roof and the tall chimney on the west elevation with the smaller chimney on the north side
- the Tudor Revival detailing with dark brick veneer on the lower parts of the structure, the dark half-timbering on white stucco on the upper parts of the house and the multi-paned windows on all levels, especially noteworthy on the door, sidelights and transoms of the east porch entrance
- various ornamental details such as the shed-roofed front porch with broad steps and wooden features and details, the continuous stone sill and lintel highlighting the main-floor front window and the rusticated stone covering the foundation

Key elements that define the dwelling's interior craftsmanship include:
- the centre-hall plan with high ceilings and large rooms, including features such as the butler's pantry
- the large entrance foyer with a small, bright sitting area and wide staircase constructed in quarter-cut oak
- oak wood detailing throughout the first floor, including the plate shelf moulding and wainscotting in the dining room, the picture rack moulding in the sitting room, the sliding doors between the foyer and sitting room, the flooring and baseboards, the elaborate door and window casings, etc.
- the beamed ceiling in the hallway and dining room and the plaster ceiling with decorative mouldings in the sitting room
- the original laundry chutes, light fixtures and the brick fireplace with oak mantelpiece in the sitting room




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
Extraction and Production

Function - Category and Type


Commerce / Commercial Services
Hotel, Motel or Inn


Single Dwelling

Architect / Designer

W.H. Shillinglaw



Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

City Clerk's Office, 410 9th Street Brandon, MB

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier




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