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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Fort Rouge Telephone Exchange Building (628-640 Corydon Avenue, Winnipeg)

A large brick and stone building on Corydon Avenue in Winnipeg was constructed in three phases.

The first phase, a brick building at the southwest corner of Corydon and Daly Street (formerly John Street), was designed by architect Samuel Hooper and construction began in 1907 for the Bell Telephone Company. The firm was purchased the following year by Manitoba Government Telephones (later Manitoba Telephone System) and the building opened in 1909. Originally a two-storey building, a third storey was added later due to increased demand.

Between 1948 and 1950, a Tyndall stone-clad second phase, designed by corporate architect Robert Bryan Ross, was constructed on the west side of the original building. It housed circuitry for the first automatic telephone switching equipment in North America.

The third phase on the extreme west end was constructed between 1964 and 1968.

Addition to the Fort Fort Rouge Telephone Exchange Building

Fort Rouge Telephone Exchange Building (1912)
Source: Archives of Manitoba, Manitoba Telephone System Collection

Addition to the Fort Fort Rouge Telephone Exchange Building

Fort Rouge Telephone Exchange Building (July 2022)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Addition to the Fort Rouge Telephone Exchange Building made between 1948 and 1950

Addition to the Fort Rouge Telephone Exchange Building made between 1948 and 1950 (June 2021)
Source: George Penner

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.87217, W97.14874
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Memorable Manitobans: Samuel Hooper (1851-1911)

Memorable Manitobans: Robert Bryan Ross (1908-1983)

MHS Centennial Business: Manitoba Government Telephones / Manitoba Telephone System / MTS Allstream / Bell MTS

Sources:

“Fort Rouge exchange,” Winnipeg Tribune, 26 February 1909, page 7.

Henderson’s Winnipeg and Brandon Directories, Peel’s Prairie Provinces, University of Alberta Libraries.

Fort Rouge Through the Years, Souvenir Booklet, 1974 by Fort Rouge Centennial Sports Committee, 1974, page 32.

634 Corydon Avenue, Winnipeg Architecture Foundation.

This page was prepared by Jordan Makichuk, George Penner, and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 13 November 2022

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