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Manitoba History No. 89
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Historic Sites of Manitoba
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Historic Sites of Manitoba: St. John’s Telephone Exchange Building (405 Burrows Avenue, Winnipeg)

The Manitoba Government Telephone System (MGT) was created in January 1908 when the provincial government led by R. P. Roblin purchased the Manitoba assets of the Bell Telephone Company of Canada, as well as those of smaller companies operating in the province. A single Bell exchange was soon replaced by several exchanges in various parts of Winnipeg. Buildings for the Garry, Sherbrook, and West exchanges survive, along with the one for the St. John’s area. Designed by provincial architect Samuel Hooper and constructed between 1910 and 1911, as telephone technology changed, the building was enlarged in 1922 (designed by John Manuel) and 1947 to accommodate new equipment. The facility closed in 1990 and, three years later, the building was taken over by the Winnipeg Housing Rehabilitation Corporation and renovated in residential space. In February 2018, it became a municipally-designated historic building.

St. John's Telephone Exchange Building

St. John’s Telephone Exchange Building (May 2013)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Location (lat/long): N49.91749, W97.13900
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

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

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Provincially Designated Historic Sites

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Municipally Designated Historic Sites

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Carberry Telephone Exchange Building (121 Main Street, Carberry)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Garry Telephone Exchange Building (474 Hargrave Street, Winnipeg)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Hartney Telephone Exchange Building (315 East Railway Street, Hartney)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Manitoba Telephone System Building (166 Portage Avenue East, Winnipeg)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: River Heights Telephone Exchange Building (413 Niagara Street, Winnipeg)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Sherbrook Telephone Exchange Building (297 Sherbrook Street, Winnipeg)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: St. James Telephone Exchange Building (340 Rutland Street, Winnipeg)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: St. John’s Telephone Exchange Building (405 Burrows Avenue, Winnipeg)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Stonewall Telephone Exchange Building (336 Main Street, Stonewall)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Telecommunications Repeater Station (Municipality of Oakland-Wawanesa)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Telecommunications Repeater Station (RM of Victoria)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Telecommunications Repeater Station (RM of Grey)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Telecommunications Repeater Station (RM of Morris)

Sources:

St. John's Telephone Exchange Building, 405 Burrows Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba Historic Resources Branch.

Biographical Dictionary of Architects in Canada, 1800-1950 by Robert G. Hill, Toronto.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 9 March 2018

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