Historic Sites of Manitoba: Lafleche House (400 St. Charles Street, Winnipeg)

This two-storey brick veneer house at 86 St. Charles Street (later renumbered to 400 St. Charles) in Winnipeg was built in 1915 for farmer Louis Jules LaFlèche (1866-1955), his wife Florestine Caron (1876-1954), and their twelve children. A subsequent owner was realtor David R. Finkelstein (c1941-?).

In 1952, the property was purchased by Murray Reid Fraser (1919-2013) and Hazel Marguerite Stevens Fraser (1922-1989) and the Fraser family lived here until they downsized in 1981. At the time of the 1952 sale, the property was larger than at present, including several lots to the south, where three additional homes now sit. Despite the sale of these three lots (two in 1961, the third in 1969), the house retains a generous yard and continues to dominate the street.

Lafleche House

Lafleche House (1953)
Source: Stephanie Fraser

Lafleche House

Lafleche House (c1978)
Source: Stephanie Fraser

Lafleche House

Lafleche House (June 1981)
Source: Stephanie Fraser

Lafleche House

Lafleche House (May 2018)
Source: George Penner

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.87611, W97.32092
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Memorable Manitobans: David R. Finkelstein (1880-1952)

Home sweet home (24 December 2013) by Stephanie Fraser, Blogspot.

Royaumont (14 July 2020) by Stephanie Fraser, Blogspot.


“Mortgage sale of valuable suburban property,” Winnipeg Tribune, 29 November 1941.

Obituary [Flora Ann McInnes], Winnipeg Tribune, 6 November 1945.

Obituary [Hazel Marguerite Fraser], Winnipeg Free Press, 14 October 1989, page 44.

Lafleche House, 400 St. Charles Street by Murray Peterson, Peterson Projects, December 2009.

Obituary [Murray Reid Fraser], Winnipeg Free Press, 27 April 2013.

Henderson’s Winnipeg and Brandon Directories, Henderson Directories Limited, Peel’s Prairie Provinces, University of Alberta Libraries.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Stephanie Fraser, George Penner, and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 15 May 2021

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