Central Fire Station Heritage Site
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, 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, 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 in the Traveller’s Day Parade, 1913. Daly House Museum
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, 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.
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 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
Combining object with art!
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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