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Johnson House Heritage Site

Johnson House Gordon Goldsborough

The former Johnson House, 446 7th Street, is a municipal heritage site. photo: Gordon Goldsborough

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

Canada’s Historic Places

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.

Mr. Johnson was the owner of Johnson Hardware, a business established in 1885.800 Block Rosser Heritage Brando

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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