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A heritage home in Rivergrove will be featured in the 12th annual Doors Open
Winnipeg, running from May 30 to 31.
Doors Open Winnipeg is an event presented by Heritage Winnipeg showcasing our city’s unique buildings, architecture and heritage. Over 80 buildings and sites will be featured, including McBeth House. Doors Open was first held in Winnipeg in 2004, and this is the fourth year McBeth House is participating in the event.
The 103-year-old McBeth House, located at 31 McBeth St., will be open to the public on Sun., May 31 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. I encourage you to stop by and take a tour of this heritage gem. You won’t be disappointed.
Volunteers will be leading tours for visitors through the house, telling the McBeth family’s story and showing off the preserved family heirlooms.
Alexander McBeath was the original owner of the lot the McBeth house stands on. His personal desk from the 1800s will be on display at the Doors Open event along with other original furniture and pictures.
McBeath was a Scottish settler who was recruited by Lord Selkirk in 1815 to populate the Red River settlement. His name was later anglicized and changed to McBeth.
Robert McBeth, Alexander McBeath’s grandson, commissioned the Edwardian-style home for his growing family in 1912.
McBeth died suddenly in 1915, but the solid red brick home remained in the family for 60 years. In the 1980s, it was thought that the house might be demolished, but McBeth’s last surviving daughter Isabel bequeathed the land and the house with it to the city in 1984. A year later, the house was given heritage designation, and is still standing strong today.
The house is used primarily for senior’s activities. Different activities run every day: quilting on Mondays, cribbage on Wednesdays, and games of bridge on Saturdays.
You can also rent out the space for private functions and gatherings such as wedding showers and retirement parties.
The dedicated volunteer board also lends the space to local Scouts and Girl Guides to use, and takes pride in mentoring these kids.
In my years working alongside McBeth House volunteers, I have been privileged to witness the good work they do in the community for both seniors and young people.
For more information about McBeth House, please call 204-334-0432.
Visit www.doorsopenwinnipeg.ca to see which heritage locations are featured in this year’s Doors Open event.