Manitoba Municipal Heritage Site No. 321


Switzer's Red and White Store
39 Main Street

Switzer's Red and White Store

Designation Date:  June 12, 2007
Designation Authority:  Town of Carberry
Present Owner:  Privately Owned

Switzer’s Red and White Store, built ca. 1900, is a typical example of the kind of modest but effective storefront facilities erected in the early twentieth century on Carberry’s Main Street, and represents the type of small merchandising shops established in many small service centres during the period. Along with its nearly identical neighbouring structures (Ray’s Diner and The Style Shop), the building exhibits all the hallmarks of its type, with large storefront openings and recessed entrances. Given its basic utilitarian form and adaptable interior, so typical of its type, the building naturally has provided space for dozens of Carberry businesses over the years, with notable tenants including Joseph and Mary Aikenhead (implement dealers), Dingle and Mason (butchers), George Henderson (grocer) and Roy McCaw (furniture dealer). Refaced and modernized over time, the building is an important element in Historic Downtown Carberry.

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