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Graham House Heritage Site

Graham House 706 Lorne Heritage Brandon

The former Graham house, 706 Lorne Avenue. photo: Heritage Brandon.

The Queen Anne-style home at 706 Lorne Avenue was built in 1903 for Mr. Herbert Clement Graham.

Graham arrived in Winnipeg in 1877 where he established a farm just outside the city.

Herbert Graham A History of Manitoba

Herbert Clement Graham. photo: A History of Manitoba.

Four years later he moved to west and purchased 800 acres of land in the Brandon Hills.

Graham was elected to the Manitoba Legislature in 1888, representing Brandon South as a member of the Liberal party. He served three terms before resigning in 1897.

He then became customs collector for western Manitoba.

Graham also served as Brandon’s resident director for the Home Life Association of Canada, and owned and operated a coal and lumber business in Carroll, Manitoba.

He resided at 706 Lorne Avenue with his wife Annie, and their four children. They affectionately referred to their home as “Wyndhurst”.

In 1913 the house was sold to Archibald Smith, son of local horse breeder John E. Smith.

In addition to working as a barrister and solicitor, Archibald Smitoh acted as Brandon’s police magistrate and juvenile court judge.

The home belonged to Smith until 1937.

Designed by W.H. Shillinglaw, the home boasts many ornate architectural elements:


A pyramidal roof adorned with arched and gable-shaped dormers, a detailed chimney, a finial and a lightning rod.

The roof trim is intricately detailed with its flared wide eaves, dentils, friezes, moulding, and pendant.

The exterior features a pent extension, open verandah, enclosed porch, and decorative shingle belt.

A variety of windows add elegance to the home.

They include: Ornamental, palladian, stained glass canted bay, and double-hung windows

Behind the house sits a carriage house featuring wood shingles, sash lights, and a finial.

H.C. Graham was a lover of horse, making the carriage house a fitting addition.

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