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Lecoy House

Amy's Cove, Lac du Bonnet, Manitoba, R0E, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1991/04/16

Contextual view, from the south, of the Lecoy House, Lac du Bonnet area, 2007; Historic Resources Branch, Manitoba Culture, Heritage, Tourism and Sport, 2007
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Primary elevations, from the southwest, of the Lecoy House, Lac du Bonnet area, 2007; Historic Resources Branch, Manitoba Culture, Heritage, Tourism and Sport, 2007
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Other Name(s)

Lecoy House
The Blue Roof
Le toit bleu

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Construction Date(s)

1907/01/01 to 1907/12/31

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2007/09/25

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

Lecoy House, completed in 1907 and later expanded, is a modest 1 1/2-storey log dwelling on a lakeside lot on Lac du Bonnet in eastern Manitoba. The municipal designation applies to the building and its grounds.

Heritage Value

Lecoy House, a straightforward open-area dwelling of hand-hewn squared and dovetailed log construction, artfully combines the elements of form and purpose. The functional pioneer home, one of the oldest structures in the Rural Municipality of Lac du Bonnet, was crafted from materials at hand to accommodate the growing family of homesteader Isadore Lecoy. Beginning in 1929, it found a new use as the enlarged and renovated summer retreat of Dr. Henry Bruce Chown, a Winnipeg physician and medical researcher renowned for his work in addressing Rh hemolytic disease in fetuses and newborns. With its gardens largely restored to the form created by Dr. Chown, this site has become a charming rural lakeside property as well as a place of local historical significance.

Source: Rural Municipality of Lac du Bonnet By-law No. 12-91, April 16, 1991

Character-Defining Elements

Key elements that define the heritage character of the Lecoy House site include:
- its location on a lakeside lot on Lac du Bonnet
- the building's placement, facing north towards the lake from near the sheltered centre of spacious treed and landscaped grounds
- the flower beds surrounding the house, including an elaborate display on the northeast side, and the pathways that wind through varieties of trees and shrubs and past various informally-placed small plots

Key elements that define the dwelling's exterior character and incremental construction include:
- the nearly square footprint of the 1 1/2-storey 1907 house under a steeply pitched gable roof and later one-storey shed-roofed additions on the east and south sides
- the 1907 construction of hand-hewn squared logs with dovetailed joins and the simple frame construction of the additions
- the abundant fenestration of the 1907 structure, composed of tall rectangular multi-paned sash windows in painted wood surrounds, symmetrically organized on the main floor, in two twinned openings in the north gable end and in a Palladian-style group of three in the south gable
- the well-glazed east sunroom clad in horizontal wood siding
- details such as the wood-shingled gable ends, brick chimney, etc.

Key elements that define the dwelling's interior character include:
- the layout reflecting the incremental nature of the construction, with the 1907 section retaining its open main floor and the attic sleeping area converted into two rooms accessed by a simple wooden staircase
- the beamed ceiling in the main room, with exposed logs and the rough boards of the attic floor
- the unpretentious details and finishes, including the stone and mortar fireplaces varnished wood flooring, handmade wooden Z-braced doors, plain wood window trim, etc.




Recognition Authority

Local Governments (MB)

Recognition Statute

Manitoba Historic Resources Act

Recognition Type

Municipal Heritage Site

Recognition Date


Historical Information

Significant Date(s)

1929/01/01 to 1929/12/31

Theme - Category and Type

Developing Economies
Extraction and Production

Function - Category and Type


Single Dwelling


Architect / Designer




Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

RM of Lac du Bonnet #4187 - PR #317 Box 100 Lac du Bonnet MB R0E 1A0

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier




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