Manitoba Municipal Heritage Site No. 330


Hooper House
35161, Road 10W
Sperling area

Hooper House

Designation Date:  September 12, 2007
Designation Authority:  R.M. of Morris
Present Owner:  Privately Owned

The Hooper House, built in 1900, and its setting, are important links to the pioneer experience in the Sperling area and one of its longstanding farm families. For more than a century the site was home to John Henry Hooper, who came to Manitoba from Ontario in the 1890s, and his descendants. Hooper’s high-gabled house, an informal, picturesque Anglo-Ontario-style structure, one of the few of its type in the Sperling area, recalls the Gothic cottages that were popular in southern Ontario in the nineteenth century. The dwelling’s two-stage development also illustrates how modest early farmhouses could be transformed as needed into larger, more elaborate versions of their original designs. In addition to the well-maintained home, this site is valued for its large expanse of groomed grounds and outbuildings, notably a granary and workshop.

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