Historic Sites of Manitoba: Thorson Cottage (Fourth Avenue, Gimli, RM of Gimli)

The Thorson Cottage, dating from 1918, is a well-preserved example of the development in the early decades of the 20th century of summer cottages in Gimli. Originally owned by Mayor Stefan Thorson, it was purchased in 1925 by merchant and businessman Jacob Greenberg. The Ludlow family owned it for many years, before the Blicq family moved in in 1997 and began restoration and upgrades.

The cottage is said to have been built by Hjalmar Thorsteinson, an early carpenter who constructed many Gimli buildings. This hipped-type building is in very good condition and has a high level of interior and exterior physical integrity, and retains its original doors, hardware, windows and shutters. Its window openings were originally screened and could be shut against the weather with wooden shutters; many of the openings were glazed decades ago.

It is a municipally-designated historic site as of 2012.

Thorson Cottage

Thorson Cottage (May 2017)
Source: Christine Loff

Thorson Cottage

Thorson Cottage (November 2020)
Source: Rose Kuzina

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N50.63510, W96.99074
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Memorable Manitobans: Stefan Thorson (1858-1934)

Memorable Manitobans: Joseph Thorarinn Thorson (1889-1978)

Memorable Manitobans: Charles Gustav “Charlie” Thorson (1890-1966)

Memorable Manitobans: Ronald S. “Ron” Blicq (1925-2021)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Thorson House / Kristjanson House (32 Lake Avenue, Gimli, RM of Gimli)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Municipally Designated Historic Sites

Historical Tours in Manitoba: Walking Tour of Gimli


Thorson Cottage, Gimli Municipal Heritage Advisory Committee.

Gimli Landmarks, Heritage Manitoba.

This page was prepared by Rose Kuzina, Gordon Goldsborough, and Christine Loff.

Page revised: 1 April 2022

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