Manitoba Municipal Heritage Site No. 263


Hamm House
Lot 4 Block 4 Plan 556

Hamm House

Designation Date:  December 8, 2004
Designation Authority:  R.M. of Rhineland
Present Owner:  Neubergthal Heritage Foundation

The Hamm House, ca. 1880, built in the settlement era for Johann and Anna Hamm, is an important Manitoba example of a traditional Mennonite vernacular-style residence. Composed almost entirely of materials found at hand, the structure is characterized by its 1½-storey height, broad rectangular form and especially strong construction, including a heavy timber frame, stacked lumber walls and mud bricks in the upper levels. These features reflect the basic design and building methods used by Mennonites prior to their nineteenth-century emigration from Russia. The Hamm House, originally part of a combined home/barn unit, remains an integral component of the preserved resources found in the rare street village of Neubergthal, a national historic site of Canada.

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