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Forbes Building

40 Main Street, Carberry, Manitoba, R0K, Canada

Formally Recognized: 2007/06/12

Archival view, from the northwest, of the Forbes Building (right, behind the car), Carberry, 1944; Carberry Plains Archives, 1944
Contextual View
Primary elevation, from the southwest, of the Forbes Building, Carberry, 2008; Historic Resources Branch, Manitoba Culture, Heritage and Tourism, 2008
Primary Elevation
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Other Name(s)

Forbes Building
J.B. Davey and Son Building
Don Forbes and Associates
Carberry Radio Electric
Édifice J.B. Davey et fils
Don Forbes et associés
Carberry Radio Electric

Links and documents

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 Forbes Building on Main Street in Carberry is the north half of a two-storey brick business block that was erected in the late 1890s and later subdivided and modified. The municipal designation applies to the building and its deep lot.

Heritage Value

The modest-sized Forbes Building is an important part of a rare collection of late-nineteenth-century commercial structures in Historic Downtown Carberry, a designated heritage district. The enduring building complements its neighbours in type, scale, construction materials and spatial layout, and is a critical element in maintaining the physical and functional continuity of its streetscape. Its association with two long-term occupants, J.B. Davey and Son (Funeral Directors) and Carberry Radio-Electric, also recalls an extended period of the town's business development.

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

Character-Defining Elements

Key elements that define the contribution of the Forbes Building site to its streetscape within Historic Downtown Carberry include:
- the mid-block location on the east side of Main Street between Third and Fourth avenues;
- the building's placement, set flush to the front public sidewalk and abutting buildings to the north and south, with some open space at the rear;
- the building's physical, visual and historical relationships with nearby designated structures.

Key exterior elements that define the building's modest commercial character include:
- the narrow two-storey rectangular form, of brick construction over a rubble-stone foundation, with a flat roofline, modest front and side parapets and a small rear (east) one-storey brick extension with a shed roof;
- the main-floor storefront, composed of a recessed entrance with sidelights and large display windows, and the separate door with a transom (now closed) to the second storey;
- the additional openings, including the pair of upper-level front windows and the segmental-arched doors and windows with brick heads at the rear.

Key internal elements that define the building's heritage character and functions include:
- the main-floor layout, including the open front plan, the rear rooms with a north-side staircase to the basement and the rear storage area;
- the separate front staircase to upper-floor rooms;
- the modest materials, finishes and details, including lath-and-plaster walls, wood trim and wood flooring in the stairwells, display areas associated with the storefront windows, a panelled wood door to the basement, 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


Commerce / Commercial Services
Office or Office Building


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

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier




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