258 12th Street
Year Built: 1901
Style: Queen Anne
Sheer size helps make this brick house stand out. Originally owned by Robert Kerr, a local piano maker, the property was later sold by his son to the Anglican Diocese as a residence for Bishop Thomas. Only when the Diocese in turn sold the property was the building subdivided into apartments. The irregular plan and asymmetrical arrangement and diverse shape of the dormers identify the style as Queen Anne. The lack of elaborate brick detailing suggests it was built towards the end of that style period. Unfortunately, the house's overall appearance was adversely affected when the large verandah on the east and south sides of the building was removed.
The original City Hall of Brandon was built in 1891. It was demolished in 1971.
Queen Anne Revival
The word eclectic perhaps best describes this style that incorporates architectural elements borrowed from several different periods. Roof lines tend to be very irregular, broken by turrets, towers, decorative chimneys, dormers, gabled and multi-gabled roofs, and long, sweeping verandahs. Exterior walls are commonly covered with a variety of different shapes, stucco, and, at times, stone. Round, oval, along with rectangular windows of many sizes can often be found on the same house. Window treatment frequently includes the use of stained or coloured glass.
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