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Kowalchuk Building

38 Main Street, Carberry, Manitoba, R0K, Canada

Formally Recognized: 2007/06/12

Primary elevation, from the west, of the Kowalchuk Building, Carberry, 2008; Historic Resources Branch, Manitoba Culture, Heritage and Tourism, 2008
Primary elevation
Archival view, from the west, showing the Kowalchuk Building (centre-right, just above the parked car), Carberry, ca. 1940; Carberry Plains Archives, ca. 1940
Contextual View
Detail view of the wall and roofline of the Kowalchuk Building, Carberry, 2008; Historic Resources Branch, Manitoba Culture, Heritage and Tourism, 2008

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Construction Date(s)

1890/01/01 to 1890/12/31

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2008/10/30

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

The Kowalchuk Building, a two-storey brick business block erected in the late 1890s and later modified, stands within a continuous row of its contemporaries on Main Street in Carberry. The municipal designation applies to the building and its deep lot.

Heritage Value

The Kowalchuk Building is an appealing red brick structure that reflects the exuberance of the era in which it was built and also relates visually and historically to Carberry's primary business thoroughfare. Through its upper brick finishes and fine detailing, well-lit storefront and continuing commercial use, the building retains much of its main-street character. It also is important as a mid-row member of a densely developed series of mixed-use facilities of similar age, scale, construction and alignment in Historic Downtown Carberry, a designated district.

Source: Town of Carberry By-law No. 5/2006, June 12, 2007

Character-Defining Elements

Key elements that define the contribution of the Kowalchuk Building site to the visual and historical continuity of Carberry's business district include:
- the mid-block location on the east side of Main Street between Third and Fourth avenues;
- the building's placement, abutting the front public sidewalk and designated brick structures to its north and south, extending more than half of the depth of its lot and with unobstructed views to designated buildings on the west side of Main, including the Old Bank of Montreal.

Key elements that define the building's appealing and functional exterior include:
- the narrow two-storey rectangular form, including the brick construction, stone foundation, flat roofline, modest front and side parapets and high one-storey rear (east) addition with a shed roof;
- the fine front finished in red brick with contrasting buff-coloured brick details, including corner pilasters, an upper pair of segmental-arched windows, the main-floor storefront with a recessed doorway and large rectangular windows, the separate entrance to the second storey, etc.;
- the few small upper openings on the south elevation;
- the modest yet expressive details, including the buff brick stringcourses, front parapet, window heads and drip moulding, the south pilaster's raised capital and inset red-brick panel, the corbelled brickwork at the roofline, the plain wooden upper window frames and sills, etc.




Recognition Authority

Local Governments (MB)

Recognition Statute

Manitoba Historic Resources Act

Recognition Type

Municipal Heritage Site

Recognition Date


Historical Information

Significant Date(s)


Theme - Category and Type

Developing Economies
Trade and Commerce

Function - Category and Type


Multiple Dwelling


Commerce / Commercial Services
Shop or Wholesale Establishment

Architect / Designer




Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

Town of Carberry 316-4th Avenue Box 130 Carberry MB R0K 0H0

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Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier




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