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Bryce House

99 Assiniboine Street, Emerson, Manitoba, R0A, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1993/07/13

View looking north of the primary elevation of the Bryce House, Emerson 2005; Historic Resources Branch, Manitoba Culture, Heritage, Tourism and Sport, 2005
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Other Name(s)

Bryce House
99 Assiniboine Street
99, rue Assiniboine

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Construction Date(s)

1883/01/01 to 1883/12/31

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2005/07/15

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

The brick-veneer Bryce House, built in 1883, is set in a picturesque rural-like setting on the northeast outskirts of Emerson. Sheltered by towering fir trees, the two-storey dwelling and its modern rear addition occupy a pie-shaped site bordered on the northwest by an earthen dike that protects the town from the Red River, on the south by a few residential buildings and on the east by flat open fields. The municipal designation applies to the house and the three lots on which it sits.

Heritage Value

Bryce House, built at the end of an early boom period in Emerson, is a modest example of the picturesque Italianate style popularized through pattern books and introduced to Manitoba in the late nineteenth century. The two-storey dwelling, based on an asymmetrical L-shaped plan, retains a number of elements common to the style, including angled bay windows, segmental-arched openings, a verandah and decorative quoins. The house was built for John Bryce, a pioneer Emerson businessman and contractor, and is a familiar landmark in the community.

Source: The Town of Emerson By-law No. 93/189, July 13, 1993

Character-Defining Elements

Key elements that define the heritage character and landmark qualities of the site include:
- prominent placement of the house on a pie-shaped grassed lot with fir trees and a long backyard

Key elements that define the Italianate style of the Bryce House include:
- the dwelling's irregular massing and L-shaped asymmetrical plan with a low-pitched hipped roof at the rear, front cross-gable roof, corner tower, decorative, partially enclosed, one-storey verandah and segmental-arched windows
- the proportional changes of the tall thin windows and angled one-storey bay windows on the south (front) and east elevations
- the modest decorative details and materials, including the buff-coloured brick veneer, pronounced corner quoins and foundation, small round window in the front gable end, ornate iron cresting on the sloped roofs of the bay windows, etc.

Key elements that define the interior heritage character of the house include:
- the side-hall plan with generous foyer space and a staircase that leads to the second-floor bedrooms, the large main-floor living and dining rooms that radiate off the main hallway and the back kitchen
- the decorative features and finishes, including the foyer's double-door entrance and grand curved staircase with oak railing, high baseboard mouldings, ornate metal insert in the living room fireplace, main-floor fir and upper-level spruce floors, 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

Town of Emerson PO Box 340 Emerson, MB R0A 0L0

Cross-Reference to Collection

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