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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Manitoba Telephone System Building (166 Portage Avenue East, Winnipeg)

Built in 1931 on a design by local architect Alexander D. Melville, this building on Portage Avenue East in Winnipeg was occupied by the Manitoba Government Telephones, later known as the Manitoba Telephone System. It replaced an earlier structure on the same site. The company's initials are carved into the facade of the building. In 2019, it became a municipally-designated historic building.

Original Manitoba Telephone System Building on Portage Avenue East

Original Manitoba Telephone System Building on Portage Avenue East (no date)
Source: The Telephone Echo, Volume 1, Number 2, page 1, July 1921.

Manitoba Telephone System Building

Manitoba Telephone System Building (September 2011)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.89504, W97.13693
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

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


Manitoba Telephone System Building (166 Portage Avenue), City of Winnipeg Historical Buildings and Resources Committee, January 2016.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 23 October 2023

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