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Nelson Butt Building

31 Main Street, Carberry, Manitoba, R0K, Canada

Formally Recognized: 2007/06/12

Primary elevation, from the east, of the Nelson Butt Building, Carberry, 2007; Historic Resources Branch, Manitoba Culture, Heritage, Tourism and Sport, 2007
Primary Elevation
Contextual view, from the southeast, of the Nelson Butt Building, Carberry, 2007; Historic Resources Branch, Manitoba Culture, Heritage, Tourism and Sport, 2007
Contextual View
Window and brick details of the Nelson Butt Building, Carberry, 2007; Historic Resources Branch, Manitoba Culture, Heritage, Tourism and Sport, 2007

Other Name(s)

Nelson Butt Building
John McNeily Residence
Joseph R. Thompson Building
Bâtiment Joseph R. Thompson
Résidence John McNeily

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Construction Date(s)

1896/01/01 to 1896/12/31

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2008/08/11

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

The Nelson Butt Building, a narrow two-storey brick structure erected in ca. 1896, occupies a small lot in a block of commercial structures of similar character and age within the Historic Downtown Carberry heritage district. The municipal designation applies to the building and its narrow lot.

Heritage Value

The Nelson Butt Building, a compact storefront facility that retains much of its exterior main-street character, recalls an important and early stage of Carberry's business development. Built for Joseph R. Thompson and accommodating numerous commercial enterprises over the years, including law offices, a bank and butcher shop, this building for several decades was the jewellery store of Nelson J. Butt (1946 to 1992). The building is also noted for its rich red brick construction and detailing, which remains as an example of the many brick structures in Carberry today. Recently acquired as a residence and shop, and situated next to the Bank of Montreal and other brick structures erected during the period, the modest building maintains the unique heritage character of Carberry's main street.

Source: Town of Carberry By-law No. 5/2006, June 12, 2007

Character-Defining Elements

Key elements that define the site character of the Nelson Butt Building include:
- its mid-block location on the west side of Main Street between Third and Fourth avenues
- the building's placement, set flush to the sidewalk, abutting another brick structure of similar age and character, within a cluster of turn-of-the-century commercial structures facing east

Key elements that define the building's exterior commercial character include:
- the narrow two-storey rectangular form with a flat roofline and a solid side parapet wall, a stone foundation; the one-storey vault section at the rear (west)
- the symmetrical arrangement of the front (east) facade framed on the corners by tall brick pilasters with caps, including the second-floor segmental-arched openings with two-part windows and the segmental arch repeated in the pediment at the roofline
- functional features such as the main-floor, recessed central entrance framed with sidelights and transoms, and flanking large display windows
- the side and rear (west) elevation openings with segmental arches, a single entrance, etc.
- the red brick walls featuring a series of drip mouldings along the front upper facade, brick window heads and corbelled brickwork in the roofline and parapet, etc.
- other materials and details, such as the wooden doors with single-pane windows, painted wooden window frames, etc.

Key internal elements that define the heritage character of the building and its original function include:
- the high ceilings and open space of the deep main floor plan with a rear storage area and a stairwell to the upper floor
- finishes, materials and features such as painted wood trim, wood flooring and storefront display areas, the heavy iron door to the rear vault, etc.




Recognition Authority

Local Governments (MB)

Recognition Statute

Manitoba Historic Resources Act

Recognition Type

Municipal Heritage Site

Recognition Date


Historical Information

Significant Date(s)


Theme - Category and Type

Developing Economies
Trade and Commerce

Function - Category and Type


Single Dwelling


Commerce / Commercial Services
Shop or Wholesale Establishment
Commerce / Commercial Services
Bank or Stock Exchange

Architect / Designer




Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

Town of Carberry 316 4th Avenue Box 130 Carberry MB R0K 0H0

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