12 Days of Christmas in Carberry – Day Four

A. E. Gardiner Building, 116 Main St. Carberry, MB

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Now a museum and gift shop devoted to Ernest Thompson Seton, the world-renowned artist and naturalist who spent about ten years in the Carberry area, this building has a rich past. Built about 1915, this little place is a finely-crafted example of a popular building technique of the era: concrete blocks formed on site. Choosing from a variety of moulds with various facings, Frank Thomson of Austin, MB created the blocks and assembled them into this compact, one-storey commercial building. Thomson used a lovely pattern on the building. The intertwining floral design flows around the little place like sweet concrete syrup, a divine, resonant texture that embraces rather than creates the inner space. Even after almost a hundred years of exposure to Manitoba weather, the pattern on the blocks remains crisp and vibrant, a testament to the builder.

Carberry Factoid

The Carberry Plains Archives, created in April 1988, has an extensive collection of archival artifacts and can assist local residents and their descendants with genealogical research and with the safekeeping of their precious family documents and photographs. The Carberry Plains Archives is located in the library.

Why Carberry?

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Filed under 12 Days of Christmas 2014, Carberry, Heritage Buildings, Manitoba Heritage

4 responses to “12 Days of Christmas in Carberry – Day Four

  1. Nowlan

    Just fabulous!! There is a lot of history in Manitoba, and it pleases me that someone is taking the time to write about it, and for the ones who keep these beautiful old buildings well kept. Keep up the good work. Photos are great!

  2. Cheryl Orr-Hood

    The Gardiner Building, circa 1915, is standing tall and solid as it approaches it’s hundredth birthday! Much credit to the masonry magic of Michael Labelle at 116 Main Street over the past decade. Thanks Reid for the 12 Days!

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