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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Cain Block / Mid-Town Block (405 Seventh Avenue South, Virden)

This two-storey brick building at the intersection of Seventh Avenue South and Nelson Street West in Virden was built around 1888 by merchant John Cain to house his hardware store. The business was later carried on by his brother-in-law, James Schoenau.

Cain Block

Cain Block (October 2017)
Source: George Penner

Cain Block

Cain Block (May 2019)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.85015, W100.93083
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Memorable Manitobans: John Cain (1847-1899)


The Virden Story by Ida Clingan, 1957, pages 36-37.

Cain Block, Virden Downtown Heritage District.

This page was prepared by George Penner, Gordon Goldsborough, and Ken Storie.

Page revised: 19 January 2020

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