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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Waghorn House / Bain House (69 East Gate, Winnipeg)

Built in 1896, on a design by local architect Walter Chesterton, this grand three-storey house in the Armstrong’s Point area of Winnipeg was originally owned by businessman James R. Waghorn. After Waghorn moved to Vancouver in 1905, the house was bought by prominent athlete and businessman Donald H. Bain. He lived in it until his death in 1962. Bain’s long-time executive aid Verna Mackay, who had lived in the house for many years, continued to reside there. She died in 1980 and the house, replete with furniture and memorabilia from Bain’s illustrious athletic achievements (subsequently donated to the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame and Hockey Hall of Fame), was purchased later that year by Patricia and Guy Stillman. They undertook extensive renovations to the house, for which it received a Conservation Award from Heritage Winnipeg. When the Stillmans sold the house to the Carter family of Winnipeg, they took most of the remaining Bain furniture and mementoes to a newly-built residence in New Mexico.

Members of the Bain family beside the Bain House

Members of the Bain family beside the Bain House (no date)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough, MSHF22370

Former Bain House

Former Bain House (April 2017)
Source: George Penner

Site Location (lat/long): N49.87757, W97.15528
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Memorable Manitobans: James Rawlinson Waghorn (1859-1942)

Memorable Manitobans: Donald Henderson “Dan” Bain (1874-1962)

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


We thank George Penner for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 21 April 2019

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