Former A. E. McKenzie House
McKenzie House, a 2½-storey brick-clad dwelling built in ca. 1901, was home for many decades to the founder and owner of A.E. McKenzie Co., a major seed supplier based in Brandon.
Situated well back on a roomy oversized corner lot, this elegant Queen Anne Revival-style residence is a highly visible and readily recognizable fixture on stately Victoria Avenue.
The site’s municipal designation applies to the exterior of the house and the six lots on which it sits.
McKenzie House is a fine example of substantial Queen Anne Revival domestic architecture.
Removed from the street at the end of a long driveway through a spacious lawn, the residence set the tone for the development of Victoria Avenue as it became the alternative to Brandon’s downtown residential core.
With its simple, graceful plan, variety of well-defined windows, wraparound porch, railed balcony and a second-floor sun porch, the house retains much of its original grandeur and opulence.
The site is also valued for its long association with Dr. Albert E. McKenzie, founder of A.E. McKenzie Co. Ltd.
Established in 1897, the company quickly dominated the seed market in Western Canada and remains one of Brandon’s oldest commercial institutions. – Canada’s Historic Places
A.E. McKenzie was born in Wilcox Lake, Ontario in 1870 to F.B. and Maria (Carley) McKenzie.
His family came to Manitoba in 1883. He was educated in Brandon, Manitoba and graduated from the Collegiate Institute at age 21. In 1902, McKenzie married Laura Bell.
Together they had two daughters, Marjorie Bell and Kathleen.
Throughout his life in Brandon, Mr. McKenzie was the principal figure in the A.E. McKenzie Seed Co. Ltd.
Mr. McKenzie was very involved in the life of Brandon College. For many years he was a member of its Board of Directors.
In 1931, McKenzie organized the Brandon Board of Trade to help save Brandon College when the Baptist Union of Western Canada threatened to withdraw its financial support of the College.
When the Baptist Union did withdraw its support in 1937, Mr. McKenzie’s personal and financial interventions saved the College from failure.
In 1941, Mr. McKenzie received an honorary L.L.D. from the University of Manitoba.
Mr. McKenzie died at the age of 94 on September 25, 1964. – Association for Manitoba Archives
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Take a stretch break!
Today, we offer chest stretches, courtesy of Allseating.
Ideally, for every hour of sitting, you should get up and walk around the floor where you work.
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 Iris Sokol demonstrates easy stretches you can do right at your workstation – and you don’t even leave your chair!
Stretching the chest may be one of the best exercises you can do for your body, since most of us spend much of our time hunched forward.
This simple series of stretches for your deltoids, forearms, hands, chest and spine will help you stay productive.
If you have any body issues or health problems, please consult with your doctor before you try these, or any other type of exercises.