Louis Riel (Lagimodière) House, Winnipeg, Manitoba - 1885
|Great Canadian Heritage Treasure||
A fabulous historic Canadian house, bespeaking a Great Canadian tragedy, is the "Louis Riel" house in St. Vital, a neighbourhood in southern Winnipeg, Manitoba. It is actually the house of Louis Riel's mother, nee Lagimodière.
But Louis, grew up here, and later he, his wife, and two children, spent time here.
It is also the place where Louis, after he was hanged, lay inside as thousands of Métis men, women, and children, came to pay their last respects, before carrying him out the door and then ten miles north to the Basilica of St. Boniface where he was laid to rest.
The one-and-a-half storey house, like almost all the Métis houses in the Red River colony at the time, was built in the pièce-en-pièce style (see Fort St. James) but, like many Canadian log houses, was later covered over with siding, partly to protect the logs from deteriorating further, but also, one guesses, to hide the humble origins of a family who, in spite of every effort, in the Canadian wilderness, had not really done well enough, to build a new frame or stone house from scratch..
|Louis Riel (Lagimodière) House, St. Vital, Winnipeg, Manitoba c 1885|
|Orig. pièce-en-pièce log house, covered with siding
Found - St. Vital, Winnipeg, MB