Manitoba Municipal Heritage Site No. 2

Leitch House
44 Fourth Avenue
Oak Lake

Leitch House
Designation Date: February 11, 1987
Designation Authority: Oak Lake (Town)
Present Owner: privately owned

Leitch House, with its stately demeanour, Tudor-influenced detailing and expansive grounds, is an important historical link to two of Oak Lake’s notable citizens. The sprawling structure was built for businessman Malcolm Leitch, founder of the Leitch Flour Mills in Oak Lake, Leitch Collieries in the Crowsnest Pass in Alberta and other enterprises. The house was also the birthplace and childhood home of Maurice Strong, internationally known businessman, environmentalist and statesman who became an undersecretary-general of the United Nations. The dwelling’s well-appointed interior, with its quality woodwork and finishing touches, complements the complex exterior design, creating an excellent example of a comfortable home built for a successful prairie entrepreneur.