Villa Louise, with its striking appearance, generous size and extensive grounds, was a landmark in early Brandon. Once common in Manitoba, examples of this style are now extremely rare. The residence is also the earliest-known Brandon commission of Walter Henderson Shillinglaw, built in 1888 for pioneer physician Alexander Fleming. It was subsequently owned by Isaac Alvin Robinson, founder of the Empire Brewing Company of Brandon.
A commemorative plaque on the grounds of the house was unveiled in August 1994 by the Manitoba Heritage Council.
Memorable Manitobans: Walter Henderson Shillinglaw (1864-1957)
Memorable Manitobans: Alexander Fleming (1841-1897)
Memorable Manitobans: Isaac Alvin Robinson (1860-1944)
Historic Sites of Manitoba: Provincially Designated Historic Sites
Historic Sites of Manitoba: Historic Sites Advisory Board of Manitoba / Manitoba Heritage Council
Villa Louise / Dr. Alexander Fleming House, Manitoba Historic Resources Branch.
We thank George Penner and Eva Janssen for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 14 September 2023
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