After the Coldwells left the home in the late 1920s the house was taken over by the City of Brandon and turned into a children’s shelter known to locals as ” The Maples “ . The shelter operated by the Children’s Aid Society for forty-four years. During this time they added the bathroom and an extension onto the house to accomodate up to twenty-five children. They also renovated the house so that it was up to fire safety regulations at that time. These renovations included removing the wrap around verandah, covering the hardwood with linoleum and installing electric lighting.
The Maples closed down in 1972 opening the door for the next stage in the house’s history as the Daly House Museum.