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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Campbell Building / Bass Building (29-33 Tenth Street, Brandon)

This four-storey brick building on Tenth Street in Brandon was built in 1905 for the furniture company of Campbell & Campbell founded by Archibald Forbes Campbell and R. J. Campbell. In 1920, George William Fergusson and Fergus John Wright became partners, after which the firm was known as Campbell Fergusson and Wright.

Vacant in the late 1930s, in 1939 the building was renovated into barracks for the 71st Battery. From 1943 to 1945, during the Second World War, it was the home for the United Service Centre that provided services to over a half million military personnel.

In October 1945, the building was sold to George Bass who operated a restaurant on its main floor for several years.

Campbell Building

Campbell Building (no date) by Commercial Bureau
Source: Eric Fergusson

Campbell Building

Campbell Building (1973) by Lawrence Stuckey
Source: Lawrence Stuckey Collection, S. J. McKee Archives, Brandon University

Campbell Building

Campbell Building (August 2023)
Source: Eva Janssen

Site Location (lat/long): N49.84879, W99.95108
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Memorable Manitobans: Archibald Forbes “Archie” Campbell (1854-1943)

Memorable Manitobans: George William Fergusson (1879-1963)

Memorable Manitobans: Fergus John Wright (1883-?)

Memorable Manitobans: George Nicholas Bass (1897-1978)


“New partners in well known firm,” Brandon Sun, 20 April 1920, page 23.

We thank Eric Fergusson and Eva Janssen for providing information used here.

This page was prepared by Christy Henry and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 2 September 2023

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