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McCullough Building

48 Main Street, Carberry, Manitoba, R0K, Canada

Formally Recognized: 2007/06/12

Primary elevation, from the west, of the McCullough Building, Carberry, 2008; Historic Resources Branch, Manitoba Culture, Heritage, Tourism and Sport, 2008
Primary Elevation
Archival view, from the northwest, of the McCullough Building (left, with white cornice), Carberry, ca. 1945; Carberry Plains Archives, ca. 1945
Contextual View
Contextual view, from the northwest, of the McCullough Building (far left), Carberry, 2008; Historic Resources Branch, Manitoba Culture, Heritage, Tourism and Sport, 2008
Contextual View

Other Name(s)

McCullough Building
Solo Store
Studio Forty-Eight
Magasin de Solo
Studio Forty-Eight

Links and documents

Construction Date(s)

1896/01/01 to 1896/12/31

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2008/10/30

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

The McCullough Building, a long one-storey masonry structure, stands at one end of a group of pre-1900 commercial outlets in the heart of Carberry's business district. The municipal designation applies to the building and its deep lot.

Heritage Value

The McCullough Building, a simple, practical brick structure, is part of an important collection of mixed-use buildings from the late 1890s in Historic Downtown Carberry, a designated heritage district. The one-storey facility, altered in recent years to maintain its structural integrity, occupies a highly visible site at the north end of a continuous row of its contemporaries, all erected after a devastating 1896 fire. Long associated with family-owned grocery and meat stores, the building typifies in function as well as form the durable, adaptable storefronts that for many decades have been the backbone of established prairie business centres, offering accommodations to the shops and services that sustain local economies.

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

Character-Defining Elements

Key elements that define the heritage character of the McCullough Building site within Historic Downtown Carberry include:
- the prominent Main Street (east side) location, near the intersection with Third Avenue, and at the north end of a contiguous row of designated commercial buildings of similar age, scale, construction, design and alignment;
- the building's placement, abutting the front sidewalk, extending about three-quarters the depth of its lot and sharing a party wall with the Wright Building to the south.

Key exterior elements that define the building's modest, workable storefront character include:
- the elongated one-storey form, of brick construction over a rubble-stone foundation, with a flattened roofline save the stepped south parapet;
- the west elevation's large display windows and recessed central entrance;
- the brown-red finish brick and other materials and details, including at the rear a single-door entrance, two tall rectangular windows, a basement service entrance (now closed), a small window opening in the south elevation, etc.

Key internal elements that define the building's heritage character and commercial function include:
- the deep main-floor plan with high ceilings;
- the hinged rear trapdoor and simple wooden staircase to the basement;
- the basement's wood post-and-beam support system, rear brick firewall, heavy steel vault, 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
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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