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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Sewell and Burgess Block (66 Main Street South, Minnedosa)

This two-storey block on Main Street South in Minnedosa was built by local stonemason Thomas Dawson Taylor. Although currently covered with stucco, it was constructed as a handsome fieldstone building. In the early years, it hosted the butcher shop and furniture store of Albert Sewell and Joseph Burgess.

The Burgess family operated a store in the south half of the block for over 120 years. The north part has seen many businesses over the years. One of the early businesses in this space was a jewellery operated by B. A. St. John. It was later a tea room and, from the 1950s to 1970s, it was a hardware store. In 1978, Chicken Delight opened in this building and operated from this location into the early 2000s. It was then a used clothing store, pizza restaurant, and now a market.

Sewell and Burgess Block

Sewell and Burgess Block (May 2021)
Source: George Penner

Sewell and Burgess Block

Sewell and Burgess Block (August 2023)
Source: Glen Toews

Rear of the Sewell and Burgess Block

Rear of the Sewell and Burgess Block (August 2023)
Source: Glen Toews

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N50.24761, W99.83841
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Memorable Manitobans: Joseph Burgess (1865-1952)


Stones of Memory: A Tour of Minnedosa’s Historic Stone Buildings.

We thank Bill Holyk (Minnedosa Tribune) for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by George Penner, Anne Brazeau, Glen Toews, and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 11 August 2023

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