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McKay House

110 4th Street SE, Minnedosa, Manitoba, R0J, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1995/09/18

View of the northwest profile of the McKay House, Minnedosa, 2005; Historic Resources Branch, Manitoba Culture, Heritage and Tourism, 2005
Northwest Profile
View of the southwest profile of the McKay House, Minnedosa, 2005; Historic Resources Branch, Manitoba Culture, Heritage and Tourism, 2005
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Other Name(s)

McKay House
In The Wind Manor

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Construction Date(s)

1892/01/01 to 1892/12/31

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2006/06/29

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

Nestled in the hills of the Little Saskatchewan River valley, the 1892 stone McKay House occupies a picturesque rural-like setting on the eastern edge of Minnedosa. The two-storey dwelling and its terraced yard are sheltered by large stands of bush and evergreen trees on Road 262, commonly known as Beach Road, south of Minnedosa Lake. The site's municipal designation applies to the dwelling and the three lots on which it sits.

Heritage Value

McKay House, with its double stone walls, is a good example of fieldstone construction and one of the few remaining intact stone dwellings built in Minnedosa in the late 1800s. Based on an L-shaped plan, the house is also noted for its decorative domestic aspects of Gothic Revival design and original interior woodwork and ornate hardware. The dwelling was built by its first owner, James McKay, a skilled stonemason and carpenter, and is located on the route of an oxcart trail leading to Tanner's Crossing, Minnedosa's birthplace. The house remained with family descendents until the mid-1960s and has been carefully restored by its present owners.

Source: Town of Minnedosa By-law No. 2337, September 18, 1995

Character-Defining Elements

Key elements that define the heritage character of the site include:
- the placement of the house on a large treed lot at the base of Cemetery Hill, on the east side of Fourth Street SE in Minnedosa, with its front facing west and with a fieldstone wall near the north entrance to the house

Key elements that define the external heritage character of the fieldstone McKay House include:
- the asymmetrical L-shaped plan, with an informal offset facade and fenestration, large cross-gable roof with a gable-roofed dormer window on the front and an inset one-storey porch with a partial hipped roof
- the fieldstone construction, including double walls built from cut boulders laid in straight rows, cut-stone flat-arched heads above the windows and doors and a fieldstone basement
- a wood-frame summer kitchen with a hipped-gable roof and original tongue-and-groove board siding
- the fanciful detailing, including decorative bargeboard trim underneath the gables and a wooden pendant in the front gable end

Key internal elements that define the dwelling's heritage character include:
- the unaltered main-floor centre-hall plan with the north-side parlour used as a kitchen and the long living room and summer kitchen to the south, the upper-floor bedrooms leading off a central hall and 2.7-metre-high ceilings on both floors
- features and finishes, including the dark-stained woodwork throughout, a mitred walnut floor in the parlour, the richly crafted staircase and ornate door hardware
- the summer kitchen wainscotting and upper-wall tongue-and-groove board siding




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



James McKay

Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

Town of Minnedosa PO Box 426 Minnedosa MB R0J 1E0

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier




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