Manitoba Municipal Heritage Site No. 334


Harley House
512 Second Street North
Swan River

Harley House

Designation Date:  August 19, 2008
Designation Authority:  Town of Swan River
Present Owner:  Swan Valley Museum

Harley House, a comfortable, practical, cottage-like dwelling and office built for Hugh Harley, the land agent who issued the first homesteads in the Swan River valley, is a rare example of a Red River frame structure in western Manitoba and also one of the oldest homes in Swan River. Its construction type, durable yet seldom used in the province after the 1870s, features squared horizontal logs set into grooved vertical posts at corners and intervals. Vernacular in design and erected by local builder Henry Tribble, the Harley House is further distinguished by its steep roof with dormers, orderly fenestration, picturesque setting near the Swan River, and historic role as one of the community’s early post offices.

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