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Reeves Barn

Whitehead, Manitoba, R0K, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1990/08/12

Contextual view, from the south, of the Reeves Barn, Alexander area, 2007; Historic Resources Branch, Manitoba Culture, Heritage and Tourism, 2007
Contextual View
Primary elevation, from the southwest, of the Reeves Barn, Alexander area, 2007; Historic Resources Branch, Manitoba Culture, Heritage and Tourism, 2007
Primary Elevation
Wall and window detail of the Reeves Barn, Alexander area, 2007; Historic Resources Branch, Manitoba Culture, Heritage and Tourism, 2007

Other Name(s)

Reeves Barn
Sibbald Barn
Grange Sibblad

Links and documents

Construction Date(s)

1905/01/01 to 1905/12/31

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2008/01/29

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

The Reeves Barn, completed in ca. 1905, is a large fieldstone structure on a farm site northwest of Alexander. The municipal designation applies to the two-storey building.

Heritage Value

The Reeves Barn, distinguished by the use of fieldstone walls for both the stable and loft, is an interesting adaptation of the traditional Southern Ontario form once found on many prairie farms. The building's placement, edged into a hillside to facilitate access to the loft, is both traditional and functional, but the design departs from the conventional with the use of full stone walls and horizontal boarding on the wood-frame gable ends. Built for an area pioneer, Jack Reeves, the barn has been associated with the family of Thomas Sibbald since ca. 1910. Its rugged form, once the centre of a busy farmyard, now stands alone and conspicuous on its grassy slope.

Source: Rural Municipality of Daly By-law No. 90-26, August 12, 1990

Character-Defining Elements

Key elements that define the heritage character of the Reeves Barn site include:
- its location on a farm property in the Alexander area in a broad valley between the Assiniboine River and a small tributary, Sibbald Creek
- the building's placement, set into a modest hillside and facing southeast

Key elements that define the barn's modified Southern Ontario-style exterior character include:
- the expansive rectangular two-level massing under a wooden forward-facing gable roof
- the rubble walls of local stone laid in thick mortar in relatively even courses
- the gable ends clad in wide, rough horizontal boards
- the functional fenestration, including the modest wall openings framed in thick lumber with stout timber lintels
- the doorways, including the rear loft's ground-level double doors of narrow vertical boards and the front's centred stable entrance and upper loft access

Key elements that define the barn's interior character and agricultural function include:
- the wide centre-aisle stable plan with flanking cattle stalls separated by supporting beams
- the stable ceiling with wide joists, closely spaced, supporting the loft level
- the loft area, including the exposed post-and-beam frame that supports the roof, the central open space with compartments along each side, 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
Extraction and Production

Function - Category and Type


Food Supply
Barn, Stable or Other Animal Housing


Architect / Designer




Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

RM of Daly 645-2nd Avenue Box 538 Rivers MB

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier




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