422 12th Street
Year Built: 1907
Alexander C. Fraser, proprietor of the A.C. Fraser Department Store, and his family were the first residents of this Italianate style home. Built on one and a half lots, the structure has a low-pitched hip roof and roof brackets - two features often associated with the Italianate style. The original verandah that once stretched across the front of the house was removed a number of years ago and the front entry that was erected in its place is out of character with the rest of the building.
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!
Italianate (1880 - 1900)
This style, associated primarily with two or three storey, rectangular (almost square) residential structures, was loosely modeled on the Renaissance domestic architecture of Rome and Florence. The style was brought to Manitoba by early settlers from Ontario where it was popular at the time of migration. Distinguishing features include round and segmented arch windows that are frequently arranged in pairs, long verandahs, and very low pitched roofs with extended eaves that are supported by ornate brackets.
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