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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Manitoba Co-operator Rural Buildings Series

In early 1981, the Manitoba Co-operator newspaper, in collaboration with staff of the Manitoba Historic Resources Branch, began publishing a series of short articles on rural buildings around the province. Over the course of two years, the paper profiled over 130 buildings, often based on suggestions from readers. Buildings had to be over 50 years old and could include farm houses, barns, town halls, commercial buildings, schools, and other agricultural structures. In 1985, a collection was subsequently published by Co-operator Editor Bob Hainstock in the book Barns of Western Canada: An Illustrated Century for which he received a Margaret McWilliams Award.

The Manitoba Historical Society is attempting to determine how many of the buildings featured in the original Co-operator series are still standing today. If you have information on any of the following buildings, please contact Gordon Goldsborough at webmaster@mhs.mb.ca.

Building

Municipality

Status (Year)

Alexander Barn

Thompson

?

Allison Barn

Roland area

?

All Saint’s Anglican Church

Minto

Intact (2011)

Archer Barn

Elm Creek area

?

Armstrong Barn

Yellowhead

Intact (2015)

Baldwin Barn

Pembina

?

Beautiful Plains County Court House

Neepawa

Intact (2014)

Bellamy Barn

Virden area

?

Bjornson House

Riverton area

?

Brandon Experimental Farm Dairy Barn

Brandon

?

Brandon Experimental Farm Swine Barn

Brandon

?

Brown Barn

Dauphin

?

Brown Barn

Carberry area

?

Bru Frikirkju Lutheran Church

Lorne

Intact (2010)

Carpenter Housebarn

St. Francois Xavier

Intact (2014)

Christie Barn

South Cypress

?

Clifford Concrete Barn

North Norfolk

Demolished (2012)

Comte Barn

Lorne

Intact (2013)

Copping Barn

Rossburn area

?

Cornell Blacksmith Shop

Oak Lake

?

Cotton Barn

Kenville area

Demolished (2011)

Cotton Granary

Kenville area

Demolished (2011)

Crandell Barn

Crandall area

?

Cutting Barn

Elton

?

Davidson Barn

South Cypress

Intact (2013)

Deamel Barn

Pembina

Not found (2013)

Delorme House

St. Norbert area

?

Desharnais Barn

St. Pierre area

?

Doran Barn

Miniota

Collapsed (2005-2006)

Dube Barn

Pine Falls area (Alexander)

?

Dupont Barn

?

?

Dupont House

Winnipeg River

?

Dyck House

Steinbach

Mennonite Heritage Village Museum (?)

Ferguson Barn

Brandon area

?

Fillmore Barn

Clandeboye area

?

Forder Barn

Pipestone

Intact (2013)

Fox Tower

Balmoral area

?

Friesen Windmill

Steinbach

Mennonite Heritage Village Museum (reconstructed 2001)

Geysir Evangelical Lutheran Church

Arborg area

Destroyed by Fire (1983)

Glencora Castle

Ashern area

?

Govenlock Barn

Neepawa area

?

Grant’s Old Mill

Winnipeg

Intact (2014)

Hamilton House

Portage la Prairie

Fort la Reine Museum (2007)

Hamm Housebarn

Rhineland

Intact (2012)

Harper Barn

Brandon area

?

Hawkins Pump House

Balmoral area

?

Henwood Barn

Grandview area

?

Hill Barn (Bruce Barn)

Portage la Prairie

Intact (2014)

Hulbert House

Bethany area

Demolished

Iver Barn (Gervin Barn)

Albert

Intact (2014)

Izon Barn

Dauphin

Intact (2014)

Jackson Barn

Rosedale

Intact (2014)

Kane / Hamblin Barn

Montcalm

Intact (2015)

Klippenstein Barn

Neubergthal

Intact (2015)

Kranyk House

Sirko area

?

Lafournaise House

?

?

Landry Barn

?

?

Langtry Fox Farm Tower

Rockwood

Intact (2014)

Lewick House

Selkirk area

?

Logan Barn

Minto

Intact (2013)

Lothian Barn

Pipestone area

?

Maloney Silos

Carman area [Dufferin]

Intact (2012)

Manitoba Agricultural College Barn

Winnipeg

Intact (2014)

McLaren Farm

Carberry area

?

McNaughton Barn

Brookdale area

?

McPherson Barn

?

?

McQuay Barn

Dauphin

?

Mennonite Church

Winkler area

Mennonite Heritage Village Museum (?)

Minnedosa Agricultural Society Display Building

Minnedosa

Intact and Restored (2012)

Mooney Barn

Wawanesa area

?

Moody Barn

Morris area

?

Motheral Barn

Louise

Demolished (2010)

Mustard Seed Chapel

Matlock area

?

Neufeld Housebarn

Rhineland

?

Oblinski Barn

Darlingford area

?

O’Callaghan Barn

Arrow River area [Miniota]

?

Octagonal Barn

Wawanesa area

?

Overwater Barn

St. Andrews

Demolished (?)

Ozol Barn

Libau area

?

Paterson Barn

Brandon area

?

Popke Farm

Rosebank area

?

Pritchard Barn

Holmfield area

?

Reeves Barn

Daly

Collapsed (2013)

Rempel Janz Fox Barn

Steinbach area

Intact (2015)

Robideaux Barn

Otterburne area

?

Rochan Barn

Macdonald

?

Rome Barn and Granary

Nesbitt area

?

Roper Barn

Hartney area

?

Rostrowski Barn

Poplarfield area

?

St. Andrew’s-on-the-Red Anglican Church

St. Andrews

Intact (2012)

St. Anthony’s Church

Camp Morton area

?

St. Elias Ukrainian Orthodox Bell Tower

Stuartburn

Intact (2013)

St. Francois Xavier Roman Catholic Church

St. Francois Xavier

Intact (2014)

St. Mary St. Alban Anglican Church

Pembina

Intact (2013)

St. Peter Dynevor Church

St. Clements

Intact (2011)

Sandison House

Elton

Intact (2010)

Sangster Barn

Langford

?

Scallion Stone Granary

Wallace

Intact (2013)

Sellers Barn

St. Francois Xavier

Intact (2014)

Shauman Barn

Lac du Bonnet area

?

Shields Barn

Brandon area

?

Shiloh United Church

Woodworth

Demolished (2014)

Sims Barn

Argyle area

?

Sinclair Barn

Gunton area

?

Stackwall Barn

Camp Morton area

?

Stelmach Farm

Riverton area [Bifrost]

Poor condition (2015)

Stone Smoke House

Virden area

?

Stonewall Post Office

Stonewall

Intact (2010)

Taylor Barn

Woodworth

?

Teichroeb Barn

Chortitz area

Mennonite Heritage Village Museum (?)

Teplyski Barn

Libau area

?

Thomson Barn

Hamiota area

?

Tone Grain Silo

DeSalaberry

Collapsed (2014)

Ukrainian Catholic Church of the Immaculate Conception

Springfield

Intact (2012)

Ukrainian-style Barn

Vita area

?

Ukrainian-style House

Southeast Manitoba

?

Union Stockyards

St. Boniface

Demolished (?)

Upright Wooden Silo

North Norfolk

Demolished (late 1980s or early 1990s)

Van Horne Farm

East Selkirk area

?

Wardle Barn

Wallace

Demolished

Wasylyshen Granary

Grandview area

?

Whitemouth Canadian Pacific Railway Water Tower

Whitemouth

?

Wittick Barn

Hanover

?

Yakimishishyn Barn

Roblin area

?

Note: Buildings that could not be found at the location stated in the Butterfield (1994) report are identified here as “Not found.” If you know their location, please contact the MHS Webmaster.

See also:

Review: Bob Hainstock, Barns of Western Canada: An Illustrated Century by Tom Mitchell
Manitoba History, Number 14, Autumn 1987

Sources:

We thank Ed Ledohowski for providing copies of the above profiles, and Bernice Still, Jean Ammeter, Glenn Elliott, David Gervin, Amy Cotton, Tod Rudge, Bernadine Brown, Madeleine Tone, Joyce Williamson, and Elizabeth Martin for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 6 December 2015

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