Manitoba Municipal Heritage Site No. 48

McKenzie House
SE 25-13-19 WPM
Rapid City area

McKenzie House
Designation Date: July 3, 1990
Designation Authority: Saskatchewan (R.M.)
Present Owner: privately owned

McKenzie House, with its rugged walls built of stones gathered while clearing nearby fields, is an enduring landmark in the Rapid City area. Kenneth McKenzie, who arrived in the area in 1878, employed local stonemason T.D. Taylor to erect this fine example of a solid practical rural home based on Gothic designs popular in McKenzie’s home province of Ontario. McKenzie was a well-established farmer and respected school trustee, municipal councillor and elder of the nearby Hunterville Church, whose large home and grounds served as a focal point for the community. Its spacious main-floor rooms housed church services, local teachers boarded in a spare bedroom and many social events were held on the site.