Christie House Heritage Site
Ernest Lisle Christie
Ernest Christie was the founder of the stationary and school supply business that still bears his name.
The business was opened in 1881. It has been said that prior to 1920, virtually every school textbook in western Canada passed through Christie’s shop.
A member of the Masonic fraternity, as well as St. Matthew’s Anglican Church, Christie was the first resident in Brandon to import and own an automobile.
Christie succumbed to a short illness in 1934.
Christie House, a large dwelling with distinctive rose-coloured brick cladding, is a prominent feature of the historic residential area in downtown Brandon.
Built in 1905 in the then popular Queen Anne Revival style, the 2 1/2-storey dwelling faces two well-travelled streets from its grassed and treed corner lot.
Christie House is one of Brandon’s most impressive historic dwellings – substantial, but not overbearing.
Refined in its Queen Anne Revival detailing, not extravagant or ostentatious.
It was designed by W.A. Elliott, architect of many of Brandon’s stately early residences.
Key elements that define the modest Queen Anne Revival character of the Christie House include:
• a wraparound verandah with paired columns finished in the same patterned shingling as the gable ends, with paired Tuscan columns supporting the roof with its modest pediment and the base skirted with white lattice
• complex roofline composed of gabled and hipped sections, a prominent front gable dormer with three windows, a two-storey bay window on the front elevation capped with a distinctive doubled eave and a one-storey bay window on the north elevation
• rose-coloured brick
fine interior materials and finishes:
• the open stairway in oak, with facing side also panelled in oak.
It is complemented by oak window casings, door frames and baseboards on the main floor, and oak sliding doors into the parlour and dining room
• features such as the distinctive stained-glass upper panels on the windows facing east and south in the parlour.
heating radiators, period light fixtures in the sitting and dining rooms.
distinctive heating vents, simple brick fireplace and mantel in the dining room and original oak flooring in second-floor bedrooms
all of which set it apart from neighbouring contemporaries.
The dwelling also is valued for its association with the original occupant, Ernest Lisle Christie, founder of a Brandon-based stationery and school supply company that still bears his name.
For several generations, the Christie’s School Supply Catalogue was close at hand in school offices and staff rooms throughout Manitoba and beyond.
The distinctive rose-coloured brick used in the building was manufactured in Hartney by the Manitoba Brick Company.
Ernest Christie lived here until his death in 1934.
The home remained occupied by members of his family until 1966.
In recent decades, the home has been owned by the Prairie Mountain Health and by the Salvation Army.
S. Cohen Collection
Impeccably tailored from fabrics sourced from the world’s finest mills.
Trousers have Stretch Guard Panels and Performa-Stretch Waistbands to provide exceptional comfort.
Neck and shoulder stretches
Today, we offer neck and shoulder stretches, courtesy of Allseating, to help alleviate tension in the upper back caused when seated at your workstation.
Ideally, for every hour of sitting, you should get up and walk around the floor where you work for a few minutes.
This helps to break up the muscular tension that can build from static postures.
Another great thing to do for your body is to stretch during the day and we’ve asked Iris Sokol, ergonomist and health and wellness expert, to demonstrate how to do that right at your workstation, and you don’t even leave your chair!
Iris Sokol demonstrates some easy stretches for your neck and shoulders.
This series of neck and shoulder stretches help alleviate tension in the upper back.
Remember, that should always feel good, and if your body hurts while you stretch it means you are stretching too far and need to back out of it.
If you have any body issues or health problems, please consult with your doctor before you try these, or any other type of exercises.
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