This once majestic old house sits in a farm yard close to my home town. It has stood there through four generations of a family we know well. Apparently, the foundation is still as solid as the day it was built.
Eaton houses, such as this one, were made (for Western Canada) in Winnipeg, Manitoba in the early 1900’s.
A person would order their home from the catalogue and the supplies to build it would be delivered by train. Most of these homes were built on farms.
The houses were large for that era and were considered luxury homes. A package would cost anywhere from $500 to $1500. Total completed cost could be as high as $5000, so it was a catalogue item that only the very prosperous could afford.
“These were not pre-fab houses and the lumber was not pre-cut. Buyers simply chose a plan from Eaton’s two dollar plan book — or could submit their own plan — and Eaton’s supplied more than ample lumber with detailed instruction as to the construction procedure.”Lacombe Express