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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Monk House (134 West Gate, Winnipeg)

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This two-storey brick house at 134 West Gate in Winnipeg was probably designed by local architect Walter Chesterton and constructed in 1895 for lawyer Lendrum McMeans. He never occupied the building but instead sold it to John Benning Monk and took up residence at 40 West Gate. The Monk family, who named the building “Beechmount”, expanded it in 1911 on a design by Cyril Chivers. In 1958, a verandah and small roof dormer were removed and the interior was heavily renovated. The building, now a municipally-designated historic site, received a Conservation Award from Heritage Winnipeg in 2006 for further renovations carried out by the owner at that time.





John Benning Monk (1856-1947)


Beatrice Lola Monk (1874-1965)


Edward E. McManus (?-1971)


Japanese Consulate


Klaus and Monka Fuerness


Christine Common-Singh and Jagar Singh

Photos & Coordinates

Monk House

Monk House (May 2011)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Monk House

Monk House (December 2020)
Source: Rose Kuzina

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.87538, W97.15672
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Memorable Manitobans: Walter Chesterton (1845-1931)

Memorable Manitobans: John Benning Monk (1856-1947)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Municipally Designated Historic Sites

Historical Tours in Manitoba: A Walking Tour of Armstrong’s Point by Patricia Thomson


Armstrong's Point: A History by Randy R. Rostecki, Winnipeg: Heritage Winnipeg Corporation, 2009.

J. B. Monk House “Beechmount” (134 West Gate), City of Winnipeg Historical Buildings Committee, March 1995.

We thank Rose Kuzina for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 16 December 2020

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