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Central Fire Station Heritage Site

Central Fire Station Manitoba Heritage Resources Branch

Central Fire Station, 2004. photo: Manitoba Heritage Resources Branch.

The Central Fire Station was constructed in 1911 at 637 Princess Avenue, the site of the city’s first fire hall, built in 1882.

Designed by one of Brandon’s most prominent architects, W. A. Elliott, the building’s architecture combines Chateauesque style with an Italianate tower.

Red brick, a steeply pitched roof with protruding dormers, and wrought iron balconies beneath the brackets of the bell tower make this an impressive structure.

Central Fire Station Bill Hillman collection

Central Fire Station, c. 1915. postcard: Bill Hillman collection

The main portion of the 2½ storey brick and concrete structure was built of semi-fireproof construction with thirteen inch-thick walls set on heavy concrete floors with a basement below. It is an excellent example of an early use of concrete.

The imposing tower, where hoses were hung to dry, was carried out in the Italianate style, a style whose broad eaves and wrought iron balconies beneath the great brackets created a stately and elegant beacon on the Brandon skyline.


Hook and Ladder Truck Daly House Museum Hook and Ladder Truck, in front of Central Fire Station, 1912. photo: Daly House Museum

The contract for its construction was awarded to a local builder, A. E. Bullock.

The Brandon Central Fire Station was in use until 2009.

Fire truck 1913 Daly House Museum Fire truck in the Traveller’s Day Parade, 1913. Daly House Museum

Coronation Bell

The fire hall bell, known as the Coronation Bell, named in honour of the Coronation of King Edward VII, was donated to the Fire Department in 1902 and was placed in the tower of the first station.

Central Fire Station 1915 Peel's Prairie Provinces Central Fire Station, 1931. postcard: Peel’s Prairie Provinces

It was taken down and installed in the bell tower of the Central Fire Station in 1911. The bell weighs 4,400 pounds and was built by Meneely Bell Foundry of New York.

Fire Truck 1947 Prairie Fire House Early ladder wagon with truck tractor, 1947. photo: Prairie Firehouse

The bell is 77 percent copper and 23 percent tin. The bell’s tone is in the key of ‘C’ and the diameter of the base is 62 inches.

Fire Hall 1967 Prairie Fire House Fire Station No.1, 1967. photo: Prairie Fire House

It was removed in 1971 to reduce the stress on the tower and placed in storage. In January 2016, the City approved funds to have the bell mounted and displayed at the new #1 Fire Hall

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Prairie Firehouse Weiming Zhao

Prairie Firehouse Restaurant

formerly Central Fire Station, built in 1911.

It is so delightful to see the successful transformation of a heritage building into a  fine dining house in downtown Brandon.

I stopped by with my French easel at 4:30 pm today [June 16, 2016] and left at 6:30 pm with this oil painting of it.

Hopefully, I did capture the endearing and cozy moment on a beautiful Saturday evening.

– Weiming Zhao

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City Hall Brandon's original City Hall was completed in 1892. The building, which stood where Princess Park is today, was demolished in 1971. This photo was taken in the early 1900s. (Source: Howard Fuller / Library and Archives Canada / PA-026014)

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