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Hamm House

#68 Road 2 West, Rhineland, Manitoba, R0G, Canada

Formally Recognized: 2004/12/08

Primary elevations, from the southwest, of the Hamm House, Neubergthal, 2005; Historic Resources Branch, Manitoba Culture, Heritage, Tourism and Sport, 2005
Primary Elevations
Contextual view, from the southeast, of the Hamm House, Neubergthal, 2005; Historic Resources Branch, Manitoba Culture, Heritage, Tourism and Sport, 2005
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Other Name(s)

Hamm House
H.F. Hamm House
Maison H.F. Hamm

Links and documents

Construction Date(s)

1880/01/01 to 1880/12/31

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2006/02/01

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

The Hamm House is a 11/2-storey wood and timber structure set in rural surroundings in Neubergthal, a traditional Mennonite farm village. Built in or somewhat before the 1880s, the dwelling sits near the rear of its lot among a row of period housebarns on the village's single street. The municipal designation applies to the building and its site.

Heritage Value

The Hamm House, built in the settlement era for Johann and Anna Hamm, is an important Manitoba example of a traditional Mennonite vernacular-style residence. Composed almost entirely of materials found at hand, the structure is characterized by its 1½-storey height, broad rectangular form and especially strong construction, including a heavy timber frame, stacked lumber walls and mud bricks in the upper levels. These features reflect the basic design and building methods used by Mennonites prior to their nineteenth-century emigration from Russia. The Hamm House, originally part of a combined home/barn unit, remains an integral component of the preserved resources found in the rare street village of Neubergthal, a national historic site of Canada.

Source: Rural Municipality of Rhineland By-law No. 2004-11, December 8, 2004

Character-Defining Elements

Key elements that define the heritage character of the Hamm House site include:
- the building's occupancy in the historic Johann Hamm farmyard, set near open fields and other farm structures, on property fronted by Neubergthal's single street

Key elements that define the traditional Mennonite vernacular style of the Hamm House include:
- its broad rectangular form, 11/2 storeys in height, with a steeply pitched gable roof and horizontal siding on the walls and vertical board siding in the gable ends
- the strong construction methods and materials, including the heavy timber framing and diagonal bracing with mortise-and-tenon joinery in the corners, the oak bottom and top plates, the stacked or `cribbed' lumber walls and the mud bricks in the upper levels
- the number and orderly placement of the rectangular-shaped openings, including the windows and two doors near one end
- basic details and finishes such as the exterior triangular window caps, the surviving interior wall finishes partially lined with plaster and horizontal wood siding painted bright yellow, the bright blue interior window and door trim, 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

Peopling the Land

Function - Category and Type



Single Dwelling

Architect / Designer




Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

Box 270 Altona MB R0G 0B0

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier




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