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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Smith House (111 First Street NW, Carman)

Built in 1896, this two-storey brick building on First Street NW in Carman was designed by local architect Edmund Watson for veterinarian William Smith (1869-?), who also owned the Palace Livery Stable. Records indicate that, in 1907, all of Block 38 was registered to farmer Absalom Clark (1844-1935). After his wife Ellen Clark (1858-1947) died, the house was sold to Elizabeth Bush (?-?), who operated it as a nursing home for elderly women. More than 125 ladies spent their final years here for a monthly sum of $25.

This elegant grand home is enhanced with a number of fine features and details. The yellow brick walls are highlighted with corner quoins and each window is emphasized with a segmental arch with keystone inset. The gable ends of each roof section are picked out with exceptional decorative woodwork. The house has seven rooms and a bathroom upstairs. The main floor has five rooms and a half bath, plus a large pantry and two summer porches.

Smith House

Smith House (October 2020)
Source: Rose Kuzina

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.51222, W98.00250
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Memorable Manitobans: Edmund Watson (1856-1947)


1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“Absolom Clark, 91, dies at Carman,” Winnipeg Free Press, 19 December 1935, page 3.

Carman: A Journey Through History Walking Tour.

111-1st Street NW, Carman, Carman/Dufferin Municipal Heritage Advisory Committee.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Rose Kuzina and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 10 November 2021

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