Manitoba Municipal Heritage Site No. 245


Strathclair Museum
33 Main Street, Strathclair

Strathclair Canadian Pacific Railway Station

Designation Date: April 9, 2003
Designation Authority: R.M. of Strathclair
Present Owner: Yellowhead (R.M.)

The two historic buildings that comprise the Strathclair Museum are typical examples of the architectural character provided to common public buildings from the turn of the twentieth century. The Strathclair M and NW Railway Station is representative of dozens of similar facilities that appeared in small centres as rail lines were rapidly extending throughout southern Manitoba in the early 1900s. Built by the Manitoba and Northwestern Railway Co. from a standard plan, and later operated by the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR), this combined station-residence is modest in size and appointments, with reserved massing, an uncomplicated plan and minimal ornamentation. It nonetheless has served as an economic, physical and social hub in Strathclair, and as a symbol of civic pride. St. George’s Anglican Church, with its modest size, wood frame construction and basic Gothic Revival appointments, inside and out, recalls the simple faith and limited resources that attended religious life in rural communities in the area.

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