Buildings - Seventh Avenue
Cain Block - 405 7th Avenue
Block, also known as the Mid-Town Block, occupies a prominent
location at the North end of a strip of brick-fronted buildings, most
in the 1890’s, that line the east side of Seventh Avenue at the
Virden’s Heritage District.
Block is the most impressive pre-1900 building remaining in
Virden Heritage Business District. Ambitious in form and style, it is a
example of a multi-uses commercial block. It is valued for its
to the early businessman John Cain, who built it to house his Hardware
and a succession of prominent businesses and services that have
out of its corner location over the decades.
that define the exterior heritage character of the Cain
- its imposing brick-faced form with its clipped corner entrance plan,
two facades with irregular, but well-defined bays, and its
- its array of tall rectangular second floor windows with flat
drip mould and brick sills.
- the heavy wood cornice with brackets that separates the first and
- the recessed entrance off of 7th Avenue with its transom window
the gold-lettered sign, “Mid-Town Building.”
Key elements that define the heritage character of the Cain Block
- some original woodwork, staircases and detailing on the main level\
- a stone and brick basement which contains many artifacts, signs etc.,
a passageway or tunnel entrance filled with rubble
Pool Hall / Victoria Tobacco
Virden Green Velvet – Doug Pidobni
Victoria Tobacco and Gift
Lloyd Gibson Pool Hall / Victoria Billiards – Charley Forster /
Billiards – Ernie Forster
Century Pizza / Slater Family / Case Family / Morris Family / Jim Dunn
/ Ed Fritzsch and Wally Walachinko
Brown & Fowler Clothing
RCA Dave Petch
Steve Hegion Upstrairs
Anna Sproule Music – Upstairs
Al Jackson Music Upstrairs
Built by John
- later bought by Eugene Dely – before he move across the street.
Named “Mid Town Block” over middle entrance.
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