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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Schaffner House (544 Cook Street, Boissevain, Municipality of Boissevain-Morton)

Built around 1890, this old house in Boissevain is a very good example of the large and heavily ornamented Victorian manor associated with the wealthy. Dr. Frederick Laurence Schaffner was the second doctor to practice in Boissevain (from 1888 to 1916) and was a member of the Manitoba Board of Health, a coroner, and Health Officer for the municipalities of Morton and Boissevain. He was also a city councillor, mayor of Boissevain, elected to the Canadian House of Commons for the constituency of Souris (1904, 1908, 1911) and served as a Senator of Canada until his death in 1935. It is now a private residence and its interior has undergone some modern renovations, although many original decorative features remain.

Schaffner House

Schaffner House (July 2018)
Source: George Penner

Schaffner House

Schaffner House (August 2019)
Source: Rose Kuzina

Schaffner House

Schaffner House (August 2019)
Source: Rose Kuzina

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.22949, W100.05534
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Memorable Manitobans: Frederick Laurence Schaffner (1855-1935)

Sources:

Boissevain Special Places, Heritage Manitoba.

This page was prepared by George Penner, Rose Kuzina, and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 22 October 2019

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