Around 1981, this barn in the Municipality of Pembina was featured in a Manitoba Co-operator series on rural buildings. The original caption for the photograph is given below.
This eight-sided barn is located about two miles east of Manitou and about five miles north. Built in 1900 for Henry Deamel, the original building included a large windmill atop the cupola with which to draw up water from an interior well and to also grind feed and flour on a small interior stone. Current owner M. Tremeer has maintained the 81-year-old barn in excellent condition these many years, including some reinforcement of the fieldstone foundation which measures 208 feet in circumference. He still uses the barn for livestock, as well as loft storage of more than 2,500 bales for feeding. The upper level is reached via an earth and stone ramp at the rear of the barn. The walls are about 26 feet high, and the unique structure reaches 45 feet high in the centre. The barn is only a decade younger than the town of Manitou, which originally was named Manitoba City until the railway came through in the early 1880s. It was then that materials from other parts of Canada began to show up more frequently in local farm buildings.
The barn is no longer present at the site.
Deamel Barn (circa 1981)
Source: Bob Hainstock
Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.31598, W98.59213
denoted by symbol on the map above
Historic Sites of Manitoba: Manitoba Co-operator Rural Buildings Series
We thank Chris Thompson for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Bob Hainstock, Ed Ledohowski, and Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 8 February 2021
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