MHS Resources: Manitoba Bricks and Blocks: Emerson Brick Yard

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The first functioning brick yard at Emerson was established in 1878, by Peter Phillippe, and he named his company the Emerson Brick Yard. Phillippe had a brick machine brought in from London, Ontario and his plant produced a fair, cream-coloured brick. In 1879, the yard supplied brick for the Hudson’s Bay Company department store in Winnipeg. Phillippe disposed of his brick yard in 1881 to John Bryce. Bryce brought a new brick machine to the yard and, by 1882, he had taken a partner in by the name of Sweet. They supplied brick for the construction of a home on the corner of Fifth Street and Assiniboine Avenue in Winnipeg, which cost $4,000 to build, and also the brick veneer for the residence of M. W. Pruyn of West Lynne. The facility disappeared from the historical record by 1883.

See also:

Memorable Manitobans: John Bryce (1852-1884)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Bryce House (99 Assiniboine Street, Emerson, Municipality of Emerson-Franklin)


Manitoba Brick Yards by Randy Rostecki, Manitoba Historic Resources Branch Report, May 2010.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 14 April 2022

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