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Grahame House

40 Second Street SE, Teulon, Manitoba, R0C, Canada

Formally Recognized: 2007/04/10

Primary elevation, from the west, of the Grahame House, Teulon, 2007; Historic Resources Branch, Manitoba Culture, Heritage, Tourism and Sport, 2007
Primary Elevation
Contextual view, from the southeast, of the Grahame House, Teulon, 2007; Historic Resources Branch, Manitoba Culture, Heritage, Tourism and Sport, 2007
Contextual View
Detail view of a verandah post of the Grahame House, Teulon, 2007; Historic Resources Branch, Manitoba Culture, Heritage, Tourism and Sport, 2007
Detail

Other Name(s)

Grahame House
Blackwood House
Hansen House
Maison Blackwood
Maison Hansen

Links and documents

Construction Date(s)

1919/01/01 to 1919/12/31

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2008/02/08

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

Grahame House, built in 1919, is a large 2 1/2-storey brick dwelling in an older residential neighbourhood east of Teulon's business district. The municipal designation applies to the house and its lot.

Heritage Value

Grahame House, a grandly proportioned four-square building finished with red brick, is one of Teulon's most impressive historic dwellings. Characterized by its symmetrical proportions, overall boxy form and hipped roof with gable dormers, the structure also is distinguished by features such as limestone trim and a wraparound verandah that capitalizes on the large-lot setting. The design, based on one of the more ambitious standardized plans available from the T. Eaton Co. catalogue (likely the 'Easton/Edinburgh (Prairie Mansion)'), is roomy, sturdily built with double brick walls and enhanced by a fine interior. Built for James Grahame, a magistrate and political figure in Teulon, and occupied by the Blackwood family for over four decades, this attractive home is a well-maintained community landmark.

Source: Town of Teulon By-law No. 2/07, April 10, 2007

Character-Defining Elements

Key elements that define the heritage character of the Grahame House site include:
- the building's visible location within a large grassed and treed double lot at the T-intersection of 2nd Street SE and 1st Avenue SE in Teulon, with its front oriented west to 1st Avenue

Key exterior elements that define the substantial dwelling's standardized design include:
- the blocky four-square form, 2 1/2 storeys high, of brick construction (including double brick walls) on a thick concrete foundation, with a bold finish of red brick laid in the common bond method
- the large, moderately pitched and truncated hip roof with broad eaves, west and south gable dormers with return eaves and a tall stepped brick chimney at the rear
- the one-storey wraparound wood-frame verandah (west and south sides) with a partially hipped roof, broad arched openings between heavy squared brick pillars, a concrete base and an enclosed second-storey south sun porch with a shallow hip roof
- the grand front entrance sequence, including the wide wood staircase, the pediment over the verandah opening, the offset door of solid wood and glass, the tall rectangular windows to the sides, etc.
- the orderly fenestration throughout, composed mostly of tall rectangular windows in vertical alignment; also including a front bull's eye enhanced by limestone keystones and fine brickwork
- the details and finishes, including the brick window heads, limestone windowsills, light-coloured wood trim around windows and doors, plank verandah floor and board ceiling, single north-side door, etc.

Key interior elements that define the structure's character and domestic function include:
- the roomy well-organized layout based on a centre-hall plan, with the main-floor front vestibule and hall, the south-side living and dining rooms, the north-side study and kitchen and the central staircase, etc.
- the refined finishes and details, such as the well-crafted wood staircase, leaded-glass windows, hardwood flooring, plain woodwork throughout, the dumb waiter to move items from the basement, etc.

Recognition

Jurisdiction

Manitoba

Recognition Authority

Local Governments (MB)

Recognition Statute

Manitoba Historic Resources Act

Recognition Type

Municipal Heritage Site

Recognition Date

2007/04/10

Historical Information

Significant Date(s)

n/a

Theme - Category and Type

Peopling the Land
Settlement
Peopling the Land
People and the Environment

Function - Category and Type

Current

Residence
Single Dwelling

Historic

Architect / Designer

n/a

Builder

n/a

Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

Town of Teulon PO Box 69 44 Fourth Avenue SE Teulon MB R0C 3B0

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier

M0287

Status

Published

Related Places

n/a

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