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Historic Sites of Manitoba: A. E. Gardiner Building / Seton Centre (116 Main Street, Carberry)

This small building was constructed by Frank Thomson of Austin using concrete blocks manufactured on site, incorporating a lively floral design in their outer surfaces. The building was purchased by A. E. Gardiner around 1915 and used as a harness repair shop for the next 48 years. It was later converted into the Seton Centre, a museum, art gallery, and gift shop commemorating naturalist Ernest Thompson Seton who once lived in the area. In 1995, a plaque commemorating Seton was erected next to the building by the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada. It became a municipally-designated historic site in 1997.

Gardiner Building / Seton Centre

Gardiner Building / Seton Centre (February 2015)
Source: Neil Christoffersen

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.86810, W99.35897
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Ernest Thompson Seton Plaque (Municipality of North Cypress-Langford)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Ernest Thompson Seton Bridge (Municipality of Glenboro-South Cypress)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Manitoba Plaques for Persons, Events and Sites of National Historic Significance

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Municipally Designated Historic Sites

MHS Resources: Manitoba Bricks and Blocks

Memorable Manitobans: Franklin Arthur “Frank” Thomson (1869-1951)

The Seton Centre


A. E. Gardiner Building / Seton Centre (116 Main Street, Carberry), Manitoba Historic Resources Branch.

We thank Neil Christoffersen for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 21 January 2022

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