Saturday, August 27, 2005

Dalnavert Museum

Preserving History-By Jesse

Threatened with demolition in 1970, 100-year-old Dalnavert was saved by the Manitoba Historical Society and by 1974 was restored to its former elegance. The house has been furnished with time-appropriate furniture, preserving its original beauty. This National and provincial historic site at 61 Carlton Street is perfect example of Queen Anne Rivival Architecture. Dalnavert is the restored home of Sir Hugh John Macdonald, lawyer, Premier of Manitoba in 1900, later Police Magistrate for Winnipeg, and son of Canada's first Prime Minister, Sir John A. Macdonald. Like similar well-to-do family homes of that time, Dalnavert is opulently decorated and full of treasured objects. It was one of the first homes in Canada to have fully functional hot and cold water faucets and electricity. This splendid red brick house was built in 1895 and is one of the few remaining examples of the work of architect Charles H. Wheeler. Named "Dalnavert" after the birthplace of Hugh John’s maternal grandmother in Scotland, it is a reminder of Winnipeg’s first affluent neighbourhoods.

Below is the stained glass window found in the formal entrance depicting the Macdonald family crest

1 comment:

dan said...

i wonder if its haunted someone said there were weird stuff going on in there at night

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