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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Cowan House (22 Third Street SW, Portage la Prairie)

This two-storey brick house in Portage la Prairie was built in 1908 for Samuel Broadfoot Cowan. The house is an example of the four-square design, and the porch originally ran along the entire width of the front elevation. At the back of the building is a small garage made of pressed tin and decorated with motifs.

Cowan House

Cowan House (August 2017)
Source: George Penner

Garage behind the Cowan House

Garage behind the Cowan House (March 2021)
Source: Rose Kuzina

Closeup of garage detail at the Cowan House

Closeup of garage detail at the Cowan House (March 2021)
Source: Rose Kuzina

Site Location (lat/long): N49.97291, W98.29458
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Memorable Manitobans: Samuel Broadfoot Cowan (1868-1922)


Buildings of Heritage Interest, City of Portage la Prairie, Heritage Advisory Committee, 2007.

We thank Rose Kuzina for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by George Penner.

Page revised: 30 May 2021

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