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Nurses Residence Heritage Site

MICA photo by Derek MICA photo by Derek Gunnlaugson

The Brandon Mental Health Centre Nurses’ Residence is now the Manitoba Institute for Culinary Arts. The Mental Health Centre site is now the Assiniboine Community College (ACC) North Hill Campus. photo: Derek Gunnlaugson

The Manitoba Institute of Culinary Arts, (MICA) opened in 2007 to students and members of the community.

This Manitoba heritage building is a mix of old and new, where students study in oak-panelled rooms and state-of-the-art classrooms and labs, including a teaching kitchen, and culinary theatre.

– Assiniboine Community College

Interior MICA photos

The red brick Georgian Revival-style [former] Nurses’ Residence building is a distinctive feature of the [ACC North Hill campus].

It is nestled amid the expansive grounds, trees and large buildings on the north bank of the picturesque Assiniboine River valley.


Constructed in 1921-23, the residence is situated on a 64.75-hectare site along Highway 1A in northeast Brandon, adjacent to more than 200 hectares of undeveloped Crown land.

Heritage Value of the former Residence

This exceptional Georgian Revival-style training centre and dormitory, heralded a new approach to building design and staff needs at the Brandon Mental Health Centre.

The structure’s prominent portico, angled wings, verandahs, balconies and airy, richly decorated interior conveyed a decidedly residential, if not resort-like, character.

As such, the facility marked a departure from the centre’s earlier structures, which were more imposing and institutional in appearance.

Designed by architects Jordan and Over of Winnipeg, the superb architectural qualities of the residence for many years offered doctors, nurses and trainees a refuge from the stresses of their work.

Key elements of the building’s richly decorated interior include:

• the expansive, well-organized interior layout, based on a central-hall plan, with large, well-lit spaces

high ceilings, a richly detailed foyer

a main staircase with wrought-iron detailing and an oak balustrade.

• the exquisitely appointed main-floor lounge, including an oak fireplace with green marble inlay

French doors, a decorative beamed and coffered ceiling

hand-painted murals with pastoral scenes

oak wall paneling, hardwood flooring

oak folding doors with etched glass between the lounge and classrooms.

• the fine detailing of the dining facilities, including a decorative beamed and coffered ceiling

Doric columns, oak wall panelling, and French doors

built-in oak china cabinets with etched glass in the main dining hall

oak wall panelling, built-in oak china cabinets

hand-painted murals in the doctors’ dining room.

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