Heritage Buildings - Seventh Avenue

 Cain Block - 405 7th Avenue

Building Code 574.D.17
ca. 1898
Origins Hardware Store
The Cain Block, also known as the Mid-Town Block, occupies a prominent corner location at the North end of a strip of brick-fronted buildings, most constructed in the 1890’s, that line the east side of Seventh Avenue at the heart of Virden’s Heritage District.
Heritage Value
The Cain Block is the most impressive pre-1900 building remaining in the Virden Heritage Business District. Ambitious in form and style, it is a fine example of a multi-uses commercial block. It is valued for its connection to the early businessman John Cain, who built it to house his Hardware Store, and a succession of prominent businesses and services that have operated out of its corner location over the decades.

Character Defining
Key elements that define the exterior heritage character of the Cain Block include:

- its imposing brick-faced form with its clipped corner entrance plan, its two facades with irregular, but well-defined bays, and its multi-layered brickwork cornice.
- its array of tall rectangular second floor windows with flat segmental drip mould and brick sills.
- the heavy wood cornice with brackets that separates the first and second levels.
- the recessed entrance off of 7th Avenue with its transom window bearing the gold-lettered sign, “Mid-Town Building.”

Key elements that define the heritage character of the Cain Block interior include:
- some original woodwork, staircases and detailing on the main level\
- a stone and brick basement which contains many artifacts, signs etc., with a passageway or tunnel entrance filled with rubble
Site History Formerly on This Site:

Pool Hall / Victoria Tobacco and Gift
Virden Green Velvet – Doug Pidobni
Victoria Tobacco and Gift
Lloyd Gibson Pool Hall / Victoria Billiards – Charley Forster / Victoria Billiards – Ernie Forster
Hardware Store

Corner Location

Century Pizza / Slater Family / Case Family / Morris Family / Jim Dunn Family / Ed Fritzsch and Wally Walachinko

Larry’s Lunch
Brown & Fowler Clothing
Robinson Store
McDougall Fabric
RCA Dave Petch
Steve Hegion Upstrairs
Anna Sproule Music – Upstairs
Al Jackson Music Upstrairs

Built by John Cain  - later bought by Eugene Dely – before he move across the street.
Named “Mid Town Block” over middle entrance.

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