On Sunday my aunt celebrated her 80th birthday in style at the University Women’s Club of Winnipeg. My aunt is a member of the organization that makes its home in a designated national historic site at 54 West Gate.
Ralph Connor House is named after a popular and famous Canadian writer who used Ralph Connor as his nom de plume. He was really Reverend Charles W. Gordon one of the founders of the United Church of Canada. He built the house for his wife Helen and their seven children in 1913. The 11,000 square foot mansion has twenty-three rooms and is located right on the Assiniboine River. It still has its original beamed ceilings, oak and mahogany panelling and leaded-glass windows and is furnished with pieces true to the period. My aunt had arranged for guided tours through the house during her party so we could learn more about it.
I had a grand afternoon visiting with family members at my aunt’s party but I was also happy to have a chance to learn more about one of the oldest residences in Winnipeg.