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Ross House

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In 1825, a former fur-trader named Alexander Ross, brought his Indian wife and children to Red River to obtain a “Christian education”.  Ross commenced farming on his new river lot, granted by Sir George Simpson of the Hudson’s Bay Company. In addition, he kept a store to service the settlement, and was appointed both councilor and sheriff to the Council of Assiniboia.

Ross’s son William, was the builder of Ross House. It was completed in 1855, somewhere behind the present site of the Centennial Centre on Main Street at a cost of more than £252. Floods and a shortage of material delayed completion of the house, but the family eventually took occupancy in early 1855.





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Year Built Heritage Status Date Material Floors/Square footage
1854 Municipal Grade I, 1980 Red River Settlement timber frame construction. 1 storey

Original Use Present Use Address Architect
Residence Museum 140 Meade Street William Ross


Additional Info
Manitoba Historical Society web site about Ross House.


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