Manitoba family giving away house
Farm house bought from an Eaton's catalogue almost a century ago
Two Swan Lake brothers are offering to give away their family's house.
The only condition? The new buyers would have to move it.
And this isn't just any house. It was bought from the Eaton's catalogue almost a century ago.
Owner Albert Devloo says his father purchased the house in the 1930s. He believes the house dates to the 1920s.
In those days Canadian retail giant T. Eaton Co. would sell plans, lumber, and hardware through its catalogue. A customer would pick the house he or she wanted, and Eaton's would ship the kit to the nearest railway station.
Devloo said the building's had some upgrades over the years, but much of it is still original.
"The basic shape is original," he said. "The little extra roofs on the corners that you see, that's original. And the cedar shakes on the gable ends."
Devloo said he and his brother, George, on whose land the house sits, would rather not tear it down, but it needs some work.
"It would be really great if somebody would take the house, fix it up and redo it," he said. "Because it means something to us. We're not that sentimental, I guess. But to put a track hoe into it would be tough, too."
Devloo said moving it won't be easy.
The 2½-storey home is 1800 square feet.
"They need to talk to a building mover. There's lots involved because, of course, it's a high building, so hydro line are a big issue."
They are giving the house away because George and his family have built a brand-new home right beside it.
The house is posted on Kijiji.