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Nestled in Rivergrove, surrounded by mature trees, is an early 20th century house known as McBeth House.
McBeth House is rooted in Lord Selkirk’s Red River Colony and was built in 1912 by Robert McBeth. The house was home to the McBeth family and was bequeathed to the City of Winnipeg in 1984 and later obtained heritage status.
McBeth House is a treasured meeting place for seniors. The members come from nearby neighbourhoods and from across Winnipeg to enjoy friendship and the programs offered here. The heritage home is run by a dedicated volunteer board as well as others who give their time through instructing programs and cleaning.
The programs offered include card games, porcelain painting — which is a fine Victorian art — and quilting. I was impressed to hear the quilters meet weekly and have donated nearly 400 blankets to Villa Rosa.
This solid red brick home which has stood the test of our severe winters is now receiving funding for an upgrade to further serve the people who use this facility. Attached to the house is a three-season sunroom that will be renovated so it can be used all year round. This will increase the amount of programming space by allowing the sunroom to be used during the winter months.
On Feb. 1, on behalf of the City of Winnipeg, I presented a heritage grant in the amount of $30,000 from the Gail Parvin Hammerquist Fund. This fund is used to encourage and assist in the renovation of buildings which have historical significance in our city. Edna Krosney, president of McBeth House and June Bone, past president, were on hand to receive the funding. With many seniors in attendance for the regular Saturday bridge game I also had the opportunity to chat with many about the activities they enjoy at McBeth House.
It is a pleasure to contribute to the vitality of our community and the residents. The historically rich space of McBeth House is being renewed and will continue to provide enjoyable opportunities.
The volunteers wish to spread the word about this fascinating piece of history that is still being used today. The home is available to rent for occasions such as retirement parties, birthday parties, bridal and baby showers. McBeth House also hosts annual Christmas, Easter, and Thanksgiving dinners, as well as barbecues and guest speakers. For more information call 204-334-0432.