Historic Sites of Manitoba: Kennedy House (417 River Road, RM of St. Andrews)

The Kennedy House, a provincially-designated historic site in the Rural Municipality of St. Andrews, was built in 1866 for Captain William Kennedy using stones quarried from the Red River banks at nearby St. Andrews Rapids. The Gothic Revival style of the Kennedy House is architecturally distinctive, compared to the other old stone houses built in the Red River Settlement, which reflect Georgian influences. By contemporary Eastern Canadian or British standards Kennedy House was simple and unadorned. By Red River Settlement standards, however, it was very fashionable. Since the destruction of several early stone houses along the Red River, Kennedy House now stands as one of only seven remaining. A plaque commemorating Captain Kennedy was erected beside the building by the Historic Sites Advisory Board of Manitoba.

At the time of a July 2015 site visit, the building was now closed awaiting repair of structural problems.

Kennedy House

Kennedy House (July 2015)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Kennedy House

Kennedy House (July 2015)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Kennedy House

Kennedy House (September 2018)
Source: George Penner

Kennedy House

Kennedy House (May 2019)
Source: Rose Kuzina

Aerial view of Kennedy House

Aerial view of Kennedy House (June 2021)
Source: George Penner

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N50.06570, W96.96970
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Memorable Manitobans: William Kennedy (1813-1890)

Memorable Manitobans: John Edgar McAllister (1867-1955)

Memorable Manitobans: Edward Charles Shaw (1924-1980)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Provincially Designated Historic Sites

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Abandoned Manitoba


Captain William Kennedy House, Manitoba Historic Resources Branch

We thank Tim Worth, George Penner, Ken Storie, and Rose Kuzina for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 29 December 2022

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