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Display Building Number II

Brandon, Manitoba, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1984/05/23

Contextual View of Display Building Number II, Brandon, 2017; Historic Resources Branch, Manitoba Sport, Culture and Heritage,  2017
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Exterior view of Display Building Number II, Brandon, 2017; Historic Resources Branch, Manitoba Sport, Culture and Heritage, 2017
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Construction Date(s)

1913/01/01 to 1913/12/31

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2017/01/18

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

The grand Beaux-Arts
Classical-style Display Building Number II, constructed for the 1913 Dominion Fair, is a notable feature
on the Exhibition Grounds in Brandon's south end. Situated near the easterly treed 13th Street entrance
gates, the structure shares the expansive paved site with the historic Trade Fair Building to the north,
imposing Keystone Centre to the west and show rings and small barns to the northeast. The provincial
designation applies to the one-storey wood-frame display building.

Heritage Value

Building Number II is the only remaining major structure of four built for the 1913 Dominion Fair in
Brandon, the last time the prestigious national event was held. The facility also is a rare surviving
example of the grand agricultural display halls that once were common throughout southern Manitoba. Designed
to showcase innovations from across Canada, this building recalls the manner in which impressive architectural
styles were used to create interest and excitement around otherwise utilitarian and simply constructed
exhibition space. In this case, Brandon architects Walter H. Shillinglaw and David Marshall employed
the scale, composition and detailing characteristic of Beaux-Arts Classicism, a style popular in the
early 1900s for monumental public and commercial facilities. Display Building Number II is relatively
unchanged and continues to be used by the Provincial Exhibition of Manitoba.

Source: Manitoba Heritage
Council Minute, May 23, 1984

Character-Defining Elements

elements that define the heritage character of the site include:
- placement of the structure on the
east side of the Keystone Centre Exhibition Grounds in Brandon, on an east-west axis with the rear (east)
facade facing 13th Street

Key elements that define the Beaux-Arts Classical style of Display Building
Number II include:
- the structure's monumentality and grand scale, characterized by its symmetrical
design, large square corner towers with metal-sheathed cupolae and elaborate detailing, wood siding painted
- the segmentally curved pediments above the east and west public entrances, each with three equally
spaced doors between pilasters, topped by a flagpole
- the elaborate detailing of the wood pilasters
placed at regular intervals around the building; the four pedimented corner towers with upper arched
openings and lower rectangular-shaped openings on two sides; the dentilled detailing in the entrance
cornices and pediments; the window key embellishments; etc.
- the plain rectangular-shaped window openings
grouped in threes on the sides of the building

Key elements of the structure's utilitarian internal
heritage character include:
- its simple rectangular shape and the large open-space floor plan of the
display area, with nine bays ranging from 5.48 to seven metres in span
- the basic materials and finishes,
including wood post-and-truss construction on a shallow concrete foundation and floor; walls constructed
of wood studs; and assorted interior materials including shiplap, donacona board and horizontal metal




Recognition Authority

Province of Manitoba

Recognition Statute

Manitoba Historic Resources Act

Recognition Type

Provincial Heritage Site

Recognition Date


Historical Information

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Theme - Category and Type

Expressing Intellectual and Cultural Life
Sports and Leisure

Function - Category and Type



Exhibition Centre

Architect / Designer

Walter H. Shillinglaw



Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

Main Floor, 213 Notre Dame Avenue Winnipeg MB R3B 1N3

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