Manitoba Municipal Heritage Site No. 63

Frame House
390 King Street,

Frame House
Designation Date: March 5, 1991
Designation Authority: Virden (Town)
Present Owner: Virden (Town)

Frame House, one of the first constructed in Virden’s prominent Quality Hill district, is an accurate, intact representation of a substantial late nineteenth-century residence in rural Manitoba. The well-maintained house features exemplary Queen Anne Revival design and details, including ornamental brickwork, a distinctive polygonal tower and bow windows. The dwelling also provides an important physical connection to pioneers of the Virden area, in this case the house’s original occupants, the James Frame family. A hardware merchant, Frame was influential in the formative years of the community, holding various political offices, including as a member of the provincial legislative assembly.