Manitoba Municipal Heritage Site No. 285


McCowan House
39 – 2nd Street SW
Portage la Prairie

McCowan House

Designation Date:  February 12, 2007
Designation Authority:  City of Portage la Prairie
Present Owner:  Privately Owned

Completed in 1903, McCowan House, a spacious Queen Anne Revival-style dwelling built by Portage la Prairie pioneer David McCowan, is a fine example of a comfortable home erected by an established citizen in a developing prairie city. McCowan, whose descendants occupied the substantial structure until the 1980s, came from Ontario in 1877 to farm and is remembered for his long service as municipal secretary-treasurer (1893-1930). The dwelling’s handsome brick exterior is distinguished by its two-level verandah, while the interior, which has been converted to suites, retains its fine oak woodwork and staircase.

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