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Jonasson House

48 3rd Avenue, Gimli, Manitoba, R0C, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1997/05/13

View looking west of the main elevation of the Jonasson House, Gimli, 2005; Historic Resources Branch, Manitoba Culture, Heritage, Tourism and Sport, 2005
Main Elevation
View of the front entrance porch of the Jonasson House, Gimli, 2005; Historic Resources Branch, Manitoba Culture, Heritage, Tourism and Sport, 2005
Entrance Porch
View of the bay window feature of the Jonasson House, Gimli, 2005; Historic Resources Branch, Manitoba Culture, Heritage, Tourism and Sport, 2005
Bay Window

Other Name(s)

Dr. Scribner House
Maison du Dr. Scribner
Jonasson House

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Construction Date(s)

1906/01/01 to 1906/12/31

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2005/09/02

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

Jonasson House, constructed 1906, is a 1 1/2-storey wood-frame `catalogue' home that is a local landmark, situated adjacent to a public school and Lutheran church in a residential area of Gimli on the western shore of Lake Winnipeg. The municipal designation applies to the house and the double lot upon which it sits.

Heritage Value

Jonasson House is an excellent example of a standardized period `catalogue' dwelling enhanced through the use of eye-catching exterior modifications that resulted in an engaging design. The house, one of the few surviving large residences dating from the early 1900s in Gimli, also is significant because of its association with three well-known local citizens, all of whom used the front rooms in public fashion for their offices. They were the original owner, Einar Jonasson Jr., a long-time municipal official, Gimli mayor and member of the provincial legislature who maintained an office in the front of the house; his father, Einar Sr., who was a founding member of New Iceland (Gimli), homeopath and municipal health officer; and physician Frank Scribner.

Source: Town of Gimli By-law No. 97-03, May 13, 1997

Character-Defining Elements

Key elements that define the heritage character of the Jonasson House site include:
- the large double corner lot, with mature trees and open expanses of grass, in a residential neighbourhood in Gimli

Key elements that define the dwelling's engaging external heritage character include:
- the 1 1/2-storey wood-frame structure with a hip roof and prominent dormers on all sides
- the painted horizontal wood siding with contrasting trim around openings, bay windows and at corners
- the covered front porch with a tapered column
- a variety of shapes and sizes of windows throughout featuring wooden sashes, notably the tall, rectangular dormer windows double-hung in groups of three, and the rectangular bay window in the southeast corner, featuring leaded-glass in the upper lights of the double-hung sashes and rounded, paired brackets underneath; the bay window in the south wall, supported by thick, simple brackets
- details such as the dentilled trim along the top of the porch, cedar shingle fish-scale detailing on the sides and fronts of the dormers, etc.

Key elements that define the house's interior layout, finishes and details include:
- the informal plan on the main floor and the formal central-hall plan found in the second storey
- details such as some original wooden moulding and trim, heating grates, door hardware, etc.




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

Peopling the Land

Function - Category and Type


Single Dwelling


Architect / Designer




Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

RM of Gimli 62 2nd Street Gimli MB R0C 1B0

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier




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