Historic Sites of Manitoba: McDonald Drug Store and Bakery (237 Nelson Street West, Virden)

The McDonald Drug Store and Bakery, a two-storey fieldstone and brick structure built in 1893, is located mid-block among business outlets of similar scale on a secondary street in Virden’s commercial district. The municipal designation applies to the building and its narrow lot.

The building’s Romanesque Revival-style features illustrate the type of pragmatic two-part storefront buildings widely found in developing prairie centres, such as Virden, around the turn of the twentieth century. Especially noteworthy are its round-arched upper front windows, decorative brickwork, heavy masonry construction, including the use of local fieldstone. Attributes such as these suited various merchant-occupants over the years, including a long-time butcher shop and meat market, as well as the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, which used the upper level as a meeting room and dance hall. It was later occupied by a video rental store and, in 2010, a restaurant. The building is a municipally designated historic site (2008).

McDonald Drug Store and Bakery

McDonald Drug Store and Bakery (September 2020)
Source: George Penner

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.84995, W100.93180
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Municipally Designated Historic Sites


McDonald Drug Store and Bakery, Manitoba Historic Resources Branch

This page was prepared by Tim Worth, Gordon Goldsborough, and George Penner.

Page revised: 26 January 2022

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