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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Virden Telephone Exchange Building (560 Seventh Avenue South, Virden)

This small one-storey brick building on Seventh Avenue South in Virden was designed by architect Alexander D. Melville and erected in 1930, at a cost of $15,351, for the Manitoba Telephone System. In 2008, it was in use for provincial government offices. Damaged in a 2012 fire, the building was put up for sale in 2015. It was vacant at the time of a 2018 site visit.

Former Telephone Exchange Building at Virden

Former Telephone Exchange Building at Virden (September 2008)
Source: Ken Storie

Former Telephone Exchange Building at Virden

Former Telephone Exchange Building at Virden (June 2020)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.84899, W100.93020
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

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

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


Report to the Honourable the Provincial Treasurer, Manitoba Telephone System, November 30, 1930, Archives of Manitoba, Minister of Public Utilities files, GR1550.

Developed commercial property for sale,” Virden Empire-Advance, 15 May 2015, page A25.

“Price reduced,” Brandon Sun, 8 April 2017, page 32.

This page was prepared by Ken Storie and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 2 March 2023

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