Kingsdown Manor: A History of Heritage

Kingsdown Manor: A History of Heritage

Amidst the ridgetop cocoon where Kingsdown Manor (409, Pinnacle Ridge Place) stands, what first mesmerizes you upon approaching the property is the unusual patterns of dendritic, branching dark-colored streaks beautifully highlighted against a lighter background. This is the
remarkable ‘Tyndall Stone’ which ranks as one of the most beautiful building stones in the world.
Tyndall Stone is a registered trademark name by Gillis Quarries Ltd. Canadians from coast to coast regularly see this rock, but fail to truly observe it. The interior of the Parliament Buildings, as well as the exteriors, interiors, steps, walkways, columns, fireplaces, and floors of countless other buildings throughout Canada and the United States, are adorned by these distinctively mottled rocks. The Modern-European charm of Kingsdown Manor rests in its use of this esteemed Manitoba Tyndall Limestone in its construction.

Front facade of Kingsdown Manor

Tyndall stone’s historical character is also attributable to its deep historical roots in Manitoba construction. The original rail shipping point for the stone was the nearby town of Tyndall, and the name has stuck to the final product to this day. Other quarries soon followed Garson’s. At the height of Winnipeg’s construction boom History of Industrial Minerals in Manitoba after the turn of the century, Tyndall stone was in common use in Winnipeg architecture. The quarries were barely 10 years old at the time, and Tyndall stone was all but unknown outside of Manitoba. By the early 1920s, however, Canada’s architects and engineers were using it to grace many of the finest new buildings in the country. 

Tyndall Stone is a dolomitic limestone that is quarried from the Selkirk Member of the Ordovician Red River Formation in the vicinity of Garson and Tyndall, Manitoba, Canada. The mottling gives the rock a tapestry-like effect, and it is popular for use as a building and ornamental stone.

Back facade of Kingsdown Manor

Indeed, the material has been a common feature of the province’s architecture since the earliest days of European settlement. Tyndall Stone is highly fossiliferous and the fossils contribute to its aesthetic appeal. Tyndall Stone was first used in 1832 for building Lower Fort Garry and has since become popular for building purposes throughout Canada and the United States. The grand hotels at Banff and Lake Louise, Canadian Parliament Buildings in Ottawa, Ontario, the Saskatchewan Legislative Building in Regina, Saskatchewan, the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, the Federal Public Building in Edmonton, Alberta, the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, Quebec, the Manitoba Legislative Building in Winnipeg, Manitoba, the Empress Hotel in Victoria, British Columbia, Les Apartements Le Chateau in Montreal, Quebec and many others include Tyndall Stone in their construction.

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This is a rare opportunity to be part of the sought-after Springbank community and own an adequately sized classy yet state-of-the-art home near Calgary, Canada which has time and again been rated as one of the best cities to live in the world. Being an Online Auction, you can register and bid from the comfort of your home for Kingsdown Manor from anywhere in the world starting November 30th and ending December 3rd, 2020.

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