Historic Sites of Manitoba: Reid House and Coach House / Weir House (23 Kennedy Street, Winnipeg)

A two-storey brick and stone residence on Kennedy Street in Winnipeg was built in 1912 for grain merchant Alexander Reid. A two-storey coach house behind the residence provided accommodation for Reid's vehicles and his chauffeur.

After Reid moved out around 1921, it was occupied into the late 1930s by bank manager Jean Henri Bourgouin (1872-1947), the French consul in Winnipeg and son-in-law of Joseph Dubuc, and later by his son, physician Jean Joseph Bourgouin (1900-1991). A succession of families resided in the house through the 1940s and 1950s.

By the early 1970s, it was renamed Weir House, probably in recognition of former Manitoba Premier Walter Cox-Smith Weir, and used as the caucus headquarters for the Progressive Conservative Party of Manitoba.

Weir House

Weir House (no date)
Source: Murray Peterson, City of Winnipeg

Weir House

Weir House (May 2024)
Source: Greg Petzold

Reid Carriage House

Reid Carriage House (May 2024)
Source: Greg Petzold

Reid Carriage House

Reid Carriage House (May 2024)
Source: Greg Petzold

Reid Carriage House

Reid Carriage House (May 2024)
Source: Greg Petzold

Site Location (lat/long): N49.36566, W97.93926
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Memorable Manitobans: Alexander Reid (1860-1939)


“J. H. Bourgouin, former French consul, dies,” Winnipeg Tribune, 17 December 1947, page 25.

Obituary [Mrs. J. H. (Flavie) Bourgouin], Winnipeg Free Press, 6 November 1962, page 24.

“Agreement on single candidates?,” Winnipeg Free Press, 3 October 1972, page 1.

Obituary [Dr. Jean Bourgouin], Winnipeg Free Press, 18 January 1991, page 30.

Henderson’s Winnipeg and Brandon Directories, Henderson Directories Limited, Peel’s Prairie Provinces, University of Alberta Libraries.

Alexander Reid House & Coach House, 23 Kennedy Street by Murray Peterson, Peterson Projects, February 2007.

We thank Greg Petzold for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 20 May 2024

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