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Historic Sites of Manitoba: St. James Telephone Exchange Building (340 Rutland Street, Winnipeg)

A modest one-storey brick building at the intersection of Rutland Street and Ness Avenue, in the St. James area of Winnipeg, was constructed in 1916 for the Manitoba Telephone System. An addition on its south side was designed by architect John Manuel and built in 1925. The building was later used by Manitoba Hydro.

In October 2021, the Winnipeg city council approved demolition of the building to enable the site to be developed for three private residences.

St. James Telephone Exchange Building

St. James Telephone Exchange Building (April 2015)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

St. James Telephone Exchange Building

St. James Telephone Exchange Building (April 2015)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

St. James Telephone Exchange Building

St. James Telephone Exchange Building (January 2022)
Source: George Penner

Site Location (lat/long): N49.88402, W97.22105
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Memorable Manitobans: John Manuel (1879-1933)

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

Sources:

Henderson’s Winnipeg and Brandon Directories, Peel’s Prairie Provinces, University of Alberta Libraries.

“Tenders,” Winnipeg Tribune, 18 July 1925, page 16.

Biographical Dictionary of Architects in Canada, 1800-1950 by Robert G. Hill, Toronto.

“Century-old building to come down,” The Metro, 13 October 2021, page 4.

We thank Josh Markham and George Penner for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 3 January 2022

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