Manitoba Municipal Heritage Site No. 242


Stone Fence
Block 52, Plan 2, Brandon

Stone Fence

Designation Date: February 17, 2003
Designation Authority: City of Brandon
Present Owner: City of Brandon

The Stone Fence, with its high, thick walls of roughly cut limestone blocks in slightly varying shades and its carefully detailed construction, is an enduring example of the stonemason’s craft. Such extensive and substantial enclosures are rare in southwestern Manitoba and the century-old permanence of the fence stands in contrast to the newer homes it surrounds. The fence also is noted for its association with prominent businessman Charles Whitehead, founder of the Brandon Sun, who had the structure built around his 6,000-square-metre estate on what was then the outskirts of a booming frontier community. Now the fence faces a busy intersection on a main traffic artery in Brandon’s core, where it is a landmark and a highly visible reminder of how the city, including the neighbourhood in the vicinity of the former Whitehead estate, has grown and changed.

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