Manitoba Municipal Heritage Site No. 326


Royal Canadian Legion
25 Main Street

Royal Canadian Legion

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

The Royal Canadian Legion (Branch 153), an adaptable two-building complex behind a unitary façade built in the 1890s, is part of an important collection of functional turn-of-the-twentieth-century commercial facilities in Historic Downtown Carberry, a designated district. In scale, construction and history of occupancy, the complex is representative of the type of sturdy yet modest brick structures expected to perform multiple roles over many decades in towns and villages across southern Manitoba. The complex also physically supports the continuity of a heritage streetscape filled with business buildings of similar age and character and situated in proximity to the Canadian Pacific Railway line that spurred Carberry’s development as an agricultural, transportation and, later, military training hub. Since the mid-1950s when its conversion to a legion branch began, the complex has served a key social role in the community, providing comfortable, conveniently located space for public and private events, informal gatherings and recreation.

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