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Manitoba History No. 89
Manitoba
History

No. 89

AGM 2019
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Annual
General
Meeting

Spring Field Trip 2019
MHS
Spring
Field Trip

Summer Field Trip 2019
MHS
Summer
Field Trip

Fall Field Trip 2019
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Fall
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War Memorials in Manitoba
War
Memorials
in Manitoba

This Old Elevator
This Old
Elevator

Abandoned Manitoba
Abandoned
Manitoba

Memorable Manitobans
Memorable
Manitobans

Historic Sites of Manitoba
Historic Sites
of Manitoba

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Dauphin Town Hall / Vernon Watson Arts Centre (104 First Street NW, Dauphin)

The 1904-1905 Dauphin Town Hall, a solid brick structure with a dominant square tower, is centrally located on a corner lot. The imposing building, Romanesque Revival-style, was designed by local architect Stuart Geekie. It is a good illustration of the multi-use public facilities erected in rural Manitoba in the early twentieth century. In addition to a second-floor auditorium, the large adaptable facility housed assorted government services for more than five decades, including municipal offices, courthouse, jail, fire hall and, in later years, a Royal Canadian Mounted Police detachment. In 1956, municipal offices were moved to the post office building nearby.

The structure continues to contribute to the city’s development as an arts and recreation centre. The building, a provincially-designated historic site, was named in June 1985 in honour of Dauphin dentist and musician Vernon L. Watson. A plaque on the exterior of the building was unveiled in 1996 by the Manitoba Heritage Council.

Dauphin Town Hall

Vernon Watson Arts Centre, the former Dauphin Town Hall (May 2012)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Location (lat/long): N51.15074, W100.05168
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Dauphin Post Office and Town Hall (21 Second Avenue NW, Dauphin)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Provincially Designated Historic Sites

Sources:

Dauphin Town Hall (Vernon Watson Arts Centre), Manitoba Historic Resources Branch.

Manitoba Heritage Council Minutes, 25 May 1988.

Information for this page was collected and prepared by Tim Worth and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 24 July 2013

Historic Sites of Manitoba

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