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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Sherbrook Telephone Exchange Building (297 Sherbrook Street, Winnipeg)

This two-storey brick and stone building on Sherbrook Street in Winnipeg was designed by local architect Samuel Hooper and constructed in 1909 by contractors J. M. Kelly and J. J. Kelly for Manitoba Government Telephones. In 1922, the first transmitters and studios for the government-owned CKY radio station were installed here and, on 13 March 1923, the station officially began to broadcast with a strength of 500 watts. Within five years, the power was increased to 5,000 watts and, on 1 December 1934, it increased to 15,000 watts. The station moved to new quarters in May 1937 and it was taken over by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) in mid-1948.

The former Sherbrook Telephone Exchange Building

The former Sherbrook Telephone Exchange Building (October 2013)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.88773, W97.15895
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

CKY Winnipeg in the 1920s: Canada’s Only Experiment in Government Monopoly Broadcasting by Mary Vipond
Manitoba History, Number 12, Autumn 1986

Memorable Manitobans: Samuel Hooper (1851-1911)

Memorable Manitobans: Douglas Richard Proctor “Darby” Coats (c1892-1973)

Memorable Manitobans: Lillian Shaw (1906-1996)

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

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


“CKY ‘comes of age’,” Manitoba Calling, March 1944, page 1.

Manitoba Telephone System, Sherbrook Exchange, 297 Sherbrook Street by Murray Peterson, Peterson Projects, December 2009.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 14 March 2020

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