351 - 357 12th Street
Year Built: 1893
Style: Second Empire, Italianate
The large yellow brick terrace occupying the northeast corner offers some of the most interesting architectural detailing of any building in the neighbourhood. It was built and perhaps designed by the Bell Brothers. The 12th Street facade is nearly symmetrical and centers around a mansard- roofed central pavilion whose face is neatly decorated by three interlaced arches of raised and dogtooth brickwork.
The gable ends on either side are equally attractive with decoratively turned horizontal and vertical spindles. The scroll-sawed bargeboards, with motifs of swooping swallows and wheat sheaves, contribute additional visual appeal. The asymmetric Louise Avenue front is successfully tied together with a gracefully sweeping verandah.
Brandon was known as the "City of Trees", thanks to the efforts of Henry Patmore in th 1880's.
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