Maley House Heritage Site
Maley House, an imposing three-storey residence was built in 1912 on a large corner lot on stately Victoria Avenue.
This is one of Brandon’s most readily recognized dwellings.
The Tudor Revival styling of the brick-veneer and stucco structure graces an elegant neighbourhood developed in the central residential area during the city’s pre-1914 economic boom.
Maley House is a well-executed and, in Brandon, rare example of a grand Tudor Revival-style house.
Designed by W.H. Shillinglaw, the structure features half timbers, crisply defined dark and light patterns, gable ends that rise above mature trees and exquisite interior woodwork.
Its construction helped set the standard for substantial dwellings and quality craftsmanship in a setting where the wide lanes and generous boulevard of Victoria Avenue attracted large homes occupied by the business elite.
Built at a cost of $12,500, the home originally belonged to Henry Fitzgibbon Maley, founder and president of the Brandon Brewing and Bottling Company.
Maley also served as city alderman and as director of the Brandon Baseball Club.
He lost the house four years after it was built when prohibition spelled the end of the brewing business.
Dr. Henry MacDiarmid purchased the property at that time and it remained in the MacDiarmid family for two generations.
The three-storey home’s unique appearance can be attributed to the combination of European, Tudor, and Gingerbread styles.
The Tudor styling, expressed in half timbers and dramatic play of dark and light patterns, was a popular architectural expression of the era.
The spacious interior includes an ornate staircase constructed in quarter cut oak. Wood detailing of exquisite craftsmanship can also be found throughout the house.
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5 things to consider when shopping for your first/next RV
What type of unit are you looking for?
A travel trailer (or bumper hitch) tows longer behind the tow vehicle, but opens the box up for bikes, bbq’s, and extra storage.
Travel trailers are excellent for seasonal sites as they usually provide more floor space and no steps inside the unit.
A 5th wheel puts more weight on the back of the truck and eliminates the box for larger items to be stored in.
However, you’re ‘towing’ less trailer behind the vehicle, making your load shorter and easier to manoeuvre in tight spots.
How big are you looking for?
Are you looking for something smaller and lighter weight for towing longer distances every week?
Or, something that will be parked seasonally or only moved once or twice a year so the weight and size aren’t as big a factor?
Other things to think about when size is mentioned could be where it will be stored in the off-season.
Must-haves vs. Nice-to haves?
What are the features or options that you absolutely won’t compromise on?
What are your must-haves when purchasing this unit?
What are the features that you want in your RV, but wouldn’t be considered deal breakers?
Essentially, what are the options you could live without the easiest?
How many do you need to sleep on a regular basis?
Who will use the unit on a consistent basis?
Are there bunks needed for kids or extra storage area?
Will the kids be there most of the time or could you get away with a convertible sofa bed/dinette table?
New or ‘new to you’?
By law, an RV dealer must do a complete re-safety and re-conditioning of any used unit sold in Manitoba (your neighbour or the guy down the road does not).
This ensures that everything will be working in correct fashion, the way it was designed to be.
You have a dealer standing behind you should you have problems when you get the unit to the campground.
New units come complete with manufacturers warranties and dealer support as well.