143 16th Street
Year Built: 1912
Style: 1 1/2 Storey Workers Cottage
This cottage, like the ones on either side and across the street, closely resembles scores of homes constructed throughout the City of Brandon during the early part of the twentieth Century. One-and-a-half or two stories high, these modest, rectangular shaped, wood-framed houses were often placed on 35 toot or in some cases 25 foot lots. Most were originally sheathed in narrow clapboard or tongue and groove siding. The front of the house usually sported an open porch across the full front and fishscale siding above the eaves line. The original owners and residents of many of these homes were working class people. For example, among the early residents of this cluster of homes were a store manager, a CPR baggage man, an ice cream maker, a sheriff, a farmer, and a liveryman.
In May, 1881 General T.L. Rosser, an American Civil War veteran and CPR engineer, selected a site of land West of the Assiniboine River for the location of the first city of the Northwest for trading and transportation. By May 30, 1882 the City of Brandon was a reality!
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