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

This two-storey brick house in Emerson was constructed in 1883 by its first owner, John Bryce, a pioneer businessman and contractor, probably using bricks manufactured at Bryce’s brick yard. It was soon acquired by its second owner, Duncan McArthur, a prominent banker. It was built at the end of Emerson’s early period of economic prosperity. A land boom in 1880-1882 brought rapid expansion to this town, established in 1873, but an ensuing province-wide depression destroyed any ambitions that Emerson would rival Winnipeg in size. The house is a municipally-designated heritage building (1993).

Bryce House

Bryce House (May 2011)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Bryce House

Bryce House (October 2019)
Source: Rose Kuzina

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.01226, W97.20587
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Memorable Manitobans: John Bryce (1852-1884)

Memorable Manitobans: Duncan McArthur (1839-1917)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Municipally Designated Historic Sites

MHS Resources: Manitoba Bricks and Blocks: Emerson Brick Yard


Bryce House, Manitoba Historic Resources Branch.

We thank Rose Kuzina for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 14 April 2022

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