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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Norwood Telephone Exchange Building (235A Horace Street, Winnipeg)

This one-storey brick building at the intersection of Horace Street and Traverse Avenue in the Norwood area of Winnipeg was designed by local architect John Hamilton Gordon Russell and built in 1919 to accommodate telephone exchange equipment for Manitoba Government Telephones (later known as MTS). In 1938, additions and alternations to the building were designed by Alexander Melville.

Norwood Telephone Exchange Building

Norwood Telephone Exchange Building (September 2020)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.88095, W97.11742
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Memorable Manitobans: John Hamilton Gordon Russell (1863-1946)

Memorable Manitobans: Alexander D. Melville (1873-1949)

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


“Tenders,” Winnipeg Tribune, 4 July 1919, page 13.

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

“Tenders, Norwood Telephone Exchange, Winnipeg, Man.,” Winnipeg Tribune, 9 April 1938, page 34.

We thank Jordan Makichuk for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 16 July 2022

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