111 Elizabeth Avenue East, Argyle, Manitoba, R0K, Canada
Links and documents
1897/01/01 to 1897/12/31
Listed on the Canadian Register:
Statement of Significance
Description of Historic Place
Fowler House, completed in 1897, is a large brick dwelling in Baldur. The municipal designation applies to the two-storey building and its lot.
The stately Fowler House, with its eclectic Victorian architecture, is one of the oldest and most distinctive structures recalling Baldur's early history. Built for William Oliver Fowler, influential business leader, property owner and postmaster, the house has remained in Fowler family hands for more than a century. From its position on the village's main thoroughfare, the substantial brick-clad residence anchors the western end of a commercial avenue containing two other designated heritage buildings, one of which, the Fowler Block, was owned by William's son Alex.
Source: Rural Municipality of Argyle By-law No. 6-2000, November 14, 2000
Key elements that define the heritage character of the Fowler House site include:
- its location at the western end of Elizabeth Avenue in Baldur, the main business street, adjacent to commercial enterprises, including the Fowler Block and Thomas Poole Building
- the building's north-south placement, moderately close to the sidewalk on a roomy well-treed lot
Key elements that define the building's eclectic exterior character include:
- its large two-storey massing, based on a four-square design with a single-storey extension on the east side, with the walls clad with buff brick and featuring a single brick stringcourse encircling the house
- the Italianate-style features, including the low pitched, truncated hipped roof with its wrought-iron railing on the widow's walk, wide wooden eaves supported by elaborately scrolled brackets, quoins at all corners, abundant tall rectangular windows with segmental brick arches and rusticated stone sills, etc.
- the Gothic Revival-style features, including the central dormer of the main facade highlighted with intricate gingerbread trim
- the side porch with its slightly sloping flat roof edged by a parapet with corbel tables
- details such as the two brick chimneys, exterior balcony door, etc.
Local Governments (MB)
Manitoba Historic Resources Act
Municipal Heritage Site
Theme - Category and Type
- Developing Economies
- Trade and Commerce
Function - Category and Type
- Single Dwelling
Architect / Designer
Location of Supporting Documentation
RM of Argyle 132-2nd Street North Box 40 Baldur MB R0K 0B0
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