Historic Sites of Manitoba: Virden Municipal Building and Auditorium (228 Wellington Street West, Virden)
Acclaimed by Virden’s Empire-Advance as one of the finest and best equipped opera houses in Western Canada, the Auditorium has a handsome interior and superb acoustics. It was constructed in 1911-1912 as an addition to the existing fire hall by local contractor William Thomas Manser from designs by noted Brandon architect William Alexander Elliott.
The “Aud” opened on 29 February 1912. As well as serving as the home of the Virden Dramatic and Operatic Society and the Virden Orchestra, it soon became the social and entertainment centre for the performing arts in western Manitoba. The unusual combination of municipal offices, courtroom and theatre has made this building a provincial landmark. A commemorative plaque from the Manitoba Heritage Council was unveiled beside the building in 1990.
Postcard view of the Virden Municipal Building (circa 1911)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough, 2014-0310
Virden Municipal Building and Auditorium (September 2016)
Source: Alan Mason
Virden Municipal Building and Auditorium (July 2019)
Source: George Penner
Commemorative plaque for the Virden Municipal Building and Auditorium (May 2019)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough
Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.84931, W100.93128
denoted by symbol on the map above
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Virden Municipal Building and Auditorium, Manitoba Historic Resources Branch.
We thank Tim Worth, Alan Mason, and George Penner for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 14 June 2020
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