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Law Office Building

510 Main Street, Swan River, Manitoba, R0L, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1990/09/18

Primary elevation, from the south, of the Law Office Building, Swan River, 2007; Historic Resources Branch, Manitoba Culture, Heritage, Tourism and Sport, 2007
Primary Elevation
Contextual view, from the south, of the Law Office Building (centre), Swan River, 2007; Historic Resources Branch, Manitoba Culture, Heritage, Tourism and Sport, 2007
Contextual View
View of the large mural decorating the west wall of the Law Office Building, Swan River, 2007; Historic Resources Branch, Manitoba Culture, Heritage, Tourism and Sport, 2007

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Construction Date(s)

1910/01/01 to 1910/12/31

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2007/12/21

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

The Law Office Building, erected in 1910 and extended in the 1930s, is a stucco-covered brick and concrete block structure in Swan River's business district. The municipal designation applies to the two-storey building and its lot.

Heritage Value

The Law Office Building, erected as a single-storey business block during Swan River's early burst of growth, and later enhanced by the addition of residential space, recalls the evolution of prairie main streets. The serviceable structure, first occupied by pioneer lawyer and mayor S.E. Wright, and later by a succession of lawyers, is typically modest in its aesthetics and construction and also typically has been modified over time to remain a vital part of a commercial thoroughfare that itself has had to adapt and endure. This kind of local determination is also expressed in the large mural on one of the building's blank walls, created in 1998. Now a familiar sight in many small Manitoba communities, such murals, which typically celebrate local heritage of the late-nineteenth-century settlement era, provide a new and inventive way to attract visitors to downtown.

Source: Town of Swan River By-law No. 16/90, September 18, 1990

Character-Defining Elements

Key elements that define the heritage character of the Law Office Building site include:
- its mid-block location on Main Street in Swan River's business district
- the building's placement, facing south and abutting the sidewalk and a commercial structure to the east

Key elements that define the building's unassuming exterior character include:
- the boxy two-storey flat-roofed form, including a two-storey rear (north) ell extended further by a one-storey volume
- the walls of solid brick construction on the first level and concrete block above, coated with stucco
- the plain front modestly articulated by a high bevelled base, raised corner and parapet features and an asymmetrical arrangement of openings, and large main-floor windows set in segmental arches
- the colourful mural on the west wall depicting Swan River ca. 1900
- the additional fenestration, functionally composed of tall rectangular openings of various sizes
- details such as the secondary doorways, the thick concrete windowsills coated with stucco, etc.

Key elements that define the building's interior character include:
- the side-entrance plan with steps proceeding to a landing, then continuing to the second floor
- the well lit main-floor space with high ceilings and a large walk-in vault with a thick metal interior door




Recognition Authority

Local Governments (MB)

Recognition Statute

Manitoba Historic Resources Act

Recognition Type

Municipal Heritage Site

Recognition Date


Historical Information

Significant Date(s)

1930/01/01 to 1930/12/31

Theme - Category and Type

Developing Economies
Trade and Commerce

Function - Category and Type


Commerce / Commercial Services
Shop or Wholesale Establishment


Commerce / Commercial Services
Office or Office Building

Architect / Designer




Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

Town of Swan River 135-5th Avenue North Box 879 Swan River MB R0L 1Z0

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