Manitoba Municipal Heritage Site No. 88

Chastko House
SW 31-17-19W,
Rackham area

Chastko House
Designation Date: December 9, 1992
Designation Authority: The R.M. of Harrison
Present Owner: privately owned

Chastko House, built in the early stages of an influx of immigrants from Eastern Europe to the Parkland region, is one of the oldest buildings in the area and a good and rare example of pioneer Polish log building traditions. The sturdy structure, typified by its simple three-room plan and gable roof, was built by Kaczmir and Mary Chastko, part of a small group of colonists who established farms in the area in 1897 and who spent their first winters working in logging camps in the nearby Riding Mountain while they gathered material for their homes. The house, which is maintained today by a fourth generation descendant of the Chastkos, rests upon a treed knoll overlooking a small lake.