1605 Victoria Avenue
Year Built: 1912
Style: European / Tudor / Gingerbread
This home was designed by Brandon architect and city engineer W.H. Shillinglaw. Although the architectural style is largely Tudor, European and Gingerbread elements can also be seen. The house was designed for Henry Fitzgibbon Maley, president of the Brandon Brewing and Bottling Company, at a cost of $12,500. Maley lost the house four years after it was built when prohibition spelled the end of the brewing business. Dr. Henry McDiarmid purchased the property at that time and it remained in the McDiarmid family for two generations. The building has previously served as a bed and breakfast, and currently houses the Westwind Eating Disorder Recovery Centre.
The most dramatic period of expansion on Brandon's built environment took place in the years 1900 to the beginning of the Great War in 1914. The population went from a modest 5,000 to 14,000.This population increase sparked a construction boom resulting in over 250 buildings being built in 1904 alone!
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