Manitoba Municipal Heritage Site No. 261


Friesen House
255 Hanover Street

Friesen House

Designation Date:  September 7, 2004
Designation Authority:  City of Steinbach
Present Owner:  privately owned

The Friesen House, built in 1916, is a large, well-appointed dwelling of simple four-square design, is associated with a noted Steinbach businessman who planted the roots of the community’s economic role and reputation as an ‘automobile city’. After starting a farm implement business in 1903, Jacob R. Friesen opened Western Canada’s and Steinbach’s first Ford dealership in 1914. His splendid house, occupied by his family for many years, stood beside his dealership and garage on Steinbach’s Main Street. Subsequently moved to a residential neighbourhood, the rehabilitated structure has been restored to single-family use after functioning as a nursing home, nurses’ residence and rooming house.

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