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Colcleugh House

102 Pacific Avenue, Selkirk, Manitoba, R1A, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1993/07/15

View of the main elevations from the northwest of the Colcleugh House, Selkirk, 2005; Historic Resources Branch, Manitoba Culture, Heritage, Tourism and Sport, 2005
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View of the main elevations from the northeast of the Colcleugh House, Selkirk, 2005; Historic Resources Branch, Manitoba Culture, Heritage, Tourism and Sport, 2005
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Construction Date(s)

1872/01/01 to 1872/12/31

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2005/11/16

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

The neat wood-frame Colcleugh House, built in 1872, occupies a well-maintained yard in a picturesque setting on the eastern edge of Selkirk. Sheltered by tall trees on three sides, the 1 1/2-storey dwelling with a one-storey rear annex is bordered on the east by the city's golf course, on the northeast by an earthen dyke that protects the community from the Red River and on the west by a few residential buildings on its short street. The provincial designation applies to the house and its site.

Heritage Value

Colcleugh House is an extremely early and well-preserved example of settlement-era (1870s) housing in Manitoba. Built using balloon-frame construction, the 1 1/2-storey dwelling's straightforward side-hall plan is enhanced by simple, but effective details such as the one-storey bay window at the front and pedimented window surrounds. The house was constructed for F.W. Colcleugh, one of Selkirk's pioneer residents and mayors and a member of the Manitoba legislature. Located on its original site, the dwelling has been maintained in good physical condition over the years and was meticulously restored during the 1980s.

Source: Manitoba Heritage Council Minutes, December 12, 1992

Character-Defining Elements

Key elements that define the heritage character of the Colcleugh House site include:
- the placement of the house near the west bank of the Red River on a grassed and treed yard at the east end of Pacific Avenue in Selkirk, with its front oriented to the north

Key elements that define the external heritage character of Colcleugh House include:
- its simple, 1 1/2-storey rectangular volume with a symmetrical and vertically massed front facade, balloon-frame construction, a medium-pitched gable roof with plain eaves, horizontal wood siding painted a traditional white, and capped and corbelled brick chimneys
- the window openings and details, including rectangular-shaped double-hung windows on four elevations, the one-storey front bay window, a twinned window on the east facade and a small round window on the west; also, the pedimented window surrounds on the front and east facades
- the rear one-storey annex with a gable roof and plain rectangular-shaped windows on three sides

Key internal elements that define the dwelling's heritage character include:
- the simple and efficient side-hall plan with a main-floor front living room, rear large dining room and kitchen, and second-floor bedrooms leading off a central hall
- the decorative features and finishes such as the finely crafted walnut staircase, the dining room oak-surround fireplace, pine flooring throughout, dark-stained wainscotting in the back entrance and kitchen, otherwise plain trim, original door hardware with porcelain doorknobs, etc.




Recognition Authority

Province of Manitoba

Recognition Statute

Manitoba Historic Resources Act

Recognition Type

Provincial Heritage Site

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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

Main Floor, 213 Notre Dame Avenue Winnipeg MB R3B 1N3

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