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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Wawanesa Telephone Exchange Building (24 Government Road, Wawanesa, Municipality of Oakland-Wawanesa)

A one-storey wood frame and stucco building on Government Road in Wawanesa was designed by Winnipeg architect John Hamilton Gordon Russell and built in 1924 to house local circuitry for the Manitoba Telephone System. Originally located on Fourth Street, it was used by the company until 1973 when a new building was constructed beside it and the original building was moved here. It was gone at the time of a 2023 site visit.

The former Wawanesa Telephone Exchange Building

The former Wawanesa Telephone Exchange Building (November 2004)
Source: Ken Jacobs

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.59104, W99.67706
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Memorable Manitobans: John Hamilton Gordon Russell (1863-1946)

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


Seventeenth Annual Report of the Manitoba Government Telephones, 1924. [Manitoba Legislative Library]

Sipiweske: Light Through the Trees by Wawanesa & District History Book Committee, 1988, page 33.

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

This page was prepared by Jordan Makichuk, Ken Jacobs, and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 24 April 2023

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