Office Building occupies a central place in a strip of brick-fronted
buildings, most constructed in the 1890’s, that line the south
side of Nelson
Street, west of Seventh Avenue at the heart of Virden’s Heritage
Office Building is valued for its several roles in the development
of Virden specifically its service as both a Post Office and the office
the Virden Advance during a key period when Virden was consolidating
role as a regional service provider and economic centre. It stands
from many of its neighbours in that both levels of the facade are
intact. The building is linked to several influential pioneer
The Virden Advance, which in the 1890’s occupied the second
level, was founded
by C.J. Atkinson in 1885 and edited by W.H. Hall. Pioneer
J.W. Scarth served as postmaster from 1882 – 1890, much of that
time in this
building, and J.W. Higgenbotham took over in 1908 and oversaw the move
the new larger premises across the street. In its later years the
served as a lawyer’s office and a flower shop.
define the exterior heritage character of the Former Post
Office Building include:
- the brick construction including the façade with a multi-layer
table, and its attractive finely detailed round-arched
- the main floor with its second entrance under an arched doorway and
bracketed canopy over the window, the second with its round arched
and corbel tables as well as
Key elements that define the heritage character of the Former Post
Building interior include an old staircase etc.
||Formerly on This Site:
Pirate’s Cove Arcade
Saddle Shop – Jim Hutchison
Joyce Gardiner Flowers
Doak Lawyers (Brayfield, Doak & Buckingham
Fitzpatrick – Tailor (After George Hand)
George Hand - Tailor.
refers to the building as the "original Post Office building which M r.
Brayfield )lawyer) purchased - likely around 1940-45.
Dr. Clingan established Office in the upper floor when he first moved
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