Historic Sites of Manitoba: Missler House / Sturgeon House (428 Mountain Avenue, Winnipeg)

This two-storey brick residence on Mountain Avenue in Winnipeg was constructed in 1907 by owner Jacob Missler (?-?). Shortly after its completion, he sold it to Thomas Dickson Sturgeon, a farmer from Melita. Between 1929 and 1931, the building was used as the Sir Hugh John Macdonald Memorial Hostel, a residential facility for boys staffed by Alfred John Cory (1876-1933) and his wife Maude Cory (1887-?).

Missler House under construction

Missler House under construction (1907)
Source: Manitoba Free Press, 28 September 1907, page 18.

Sturgeon House

Sturgeon House (August 2018)
Source: George Penner

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.92177, W97.13681
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Memorable Manitobans: Thomas Dickson Sturgeon (1852-1932)

Manitoba Organization: Sir Hugh John Macdonald Memorial Hostel / Macdonald Youth Services / The Link


1901 and 1911 Canada censuses, Automated Genealogy.

City of Winnipeg Building Permit 1122/1907, City of Winnipeg Archives.

“Residence of J. Missler, Mountain Avenue, under construction,” Manitoba Free Press, 28 September 1907, page 18.

“How much is a boy worth?,” Winnipeg Tribune, 9 August 1930, page 39.

1931 Canada census, Ancestry.

Death registration [Alfred John Cory], Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Alfred J. Cory laid to rest at Elmwood,” Winnipeg Tribune, 19 December 1933, page 3.

T. D. Sturgeon House, 428 Mountain Avenue by Murray Peterson, Peterson Projects, February 2009.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

We thank Audrey Hosegood and Jordan Makichuk for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by George Penner and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 30 January 2024

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