Built in 1881, the Vaughan Street Jail (located in 444 York Avenue, Winnipeg) is the oldest and last remaining public building in the city of Winnipeg. The jailhouse once held children as young as five—a thief was a thief in the 1880s—along with drunks, vagrants and murderers. This cultural gem is however shut to the public, deemed unsafe for even the occasional tour, an insult to heritage conservation. The jail was removed from Heritage Winnipeg’s Doors Open Tours in 2007. Since then, it’s almost empty and falling apart.
Winnipeg has a lot of historic buildings, many of which still exist today, especially in the Exchange District of Downtown Winnipeg. There have been buildings that get demolished, but that happens everywhere. Winnipeg has not lost a lot. Well, before this old jail faces its final death fate, visit it while you still can!!!
Map & Driving Direction
Exact location of Vaughan Street Jail is indicated by Green Arrow on the following map (click EXTERNAL LINK below to view map).