Johnson House Heritage Site
Johnson House, a solid 2 1/2-storey brick dwelling completed in 1906, occupies a well-treed lot in a residential neighbourhood in downtown Brandon.
The classically detailed structure, with its distinctive Queen Anne Revival styling, is set among single- and multiple- family dwellings of various ages and architectural types.
The well-preserved Johnson House, with its steep roof, bay windows, large verandah with classical columns and other fine Queen Anne Revival features, is a link with the prosperous neighbourhoods of Brandon’s past.
Designed by W.A. Elliott, the dwelling displays a balance of style and restraint – a practical, solid family home with a nod to period fashion and taste.
Its interior finishings, many of which are original and have been maintained with care, represent a standard of the time for functional elegance.
Built by Edwin H. Johnson, a pioneer Brandon merchant whose hardware business operated from 1885 to 1959, the house was occupied by the Johnson family until 1978.
Key elements that define the Queen Anne Revival-style exterior of the Johnson House include:
the steep hip roof with pedimented dormers on the south, east and north elevations, and a two-storey bay window on the north side of the front elevation
a large wraparound verandah on the east and south sides of the building, with an angled pediment on the southeast corner, Tuscan columns supporting the roof and patterned shingle designs on the skirting
the variety of windows shapes
an oval window in the centre of the second-floor front elevation
a stained glass piano window on the first floor of the north elevation
bay windows on the first floors of both the south and north elevations
the original front exterior door of a raised panel style with horizontal panels topped by a leaded-glass window
Key elements of the dwelling’s carefully maintained interior character include:
the main-floor layout featuring a long centre hall and large well-lit rooms
the interior foyer door with a leaded-glass window incorporating a fleur-de-lis and a diamond pattern
original oak interior woodwork on the main floor including door frames and baseboards
Construction of this residence began in 1904 and was completed in 1906.
The house and lands were owned and occupied by Edwin H. Johnson and his family for the next seventy-two years, until 1978.
Located on the southeast corner of Ninth Street and Rosser Avenue, it remained in operation until 1959.
The residential structure was built by C. Lillington and designed by notable Brandon architect W. A. Elliot.
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Zinc: A critical trace mineral
An intake of minerals is essential to all living creatures – plants, animals and humans.
Minerals are essential elements found in soil through the erosion of mineral salts.
We consume minerals by eating the plants that grow in the soil and foods derived from animals that consume plants.
Minerals are utilized in the human body for numerous biochemical activities including the functioning of the nervous, musculoskeletal and cardiovascular systems.
Some minerals, such as calcium, are macrominerals needed in large amounts.
Others, known as trace minerals, are needed in small amounts.
One such trace mineral that is necessary for daily health is the mineral found at the end of the alphabetical roll call – zinc.
Zinc, like most minerals, is needed for a variety of life functions.
It plays a role in immune function and healing.
It is a strong antioxidant important to eye health.
Zinc plays a role in energy production, protein metabolism, enzyme activity and overall growth and development.
Although we do not need large amounts of zinc, many of us still do not get enough of it.
Eating a diet of zinc-rich foods is the key to maintain healthy levels of this nutrient.
Both plant and animal derived foods are available with good zinc content – pumpkin seeds, cashews, mushrooms, egg yolks, and grass fed chicken, lamb and beef.
For those who do not eat zinc containing foods or are unable to absorb sufficient amounts, zinc supplements are available.