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.
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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