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Fire Hall No. 5

155, Adelaide Street North, City of London, Ontario, N6B, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1998/03/23

Of note are the pilasters and the articulated north wing with porch.; Martina Braunstein, 2007.
Façade, No. 5 Fire Hall, 2007
Featured is the engraving “Fire Hall 5” above the former vehicle door on the façade.; Martina Braunstein, 2007.
Detailed View, No. 5 Fire Hall, 2007
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Other Name(s)

Fire Hall No. 5
155 Adelaide Street North

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Construction Date(s)


Listed on the Canadian Register: 2009/02/13

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

Fire Hall No. 5 is located at 155 Adelaide Street North, on the west side of Adelaide Street North, south of Grey Street, in the City of London. The two-storey, white-brick fire hall was constructed in 1909.

The property was designated, by the City of London, in 1998, for its historical or architectural value or interest, under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act (By-law L.S.P. – 3286-80).

Heritage Value

Fire Hall No. 5, along with Fire Hall No. 4, at 807 Colborne Street, reflects the growth of the City of London. Fire Hall No. 5 was constructed in 1909 to provide fire protection services to what was then considered the outlying districts of the City.

Fire Hall No. 5 is a fine example of a simple municipal services building with Italianate influences. Designed by the City's first architect, Arthur E. Nutter, the hall features a square plan with an articulated north wing and a flat roofline. The Italianate influence is evident in the full-height pilasters on the façade which display cement accents and paired modillions at the top, along with the narrower pilasters which flank the former vehicle door and the dentil moulding below the roofline. Also of note are the narrow windows on the façade which have cement lintels and sills.

Source: City of London, By-law L.S.P. – 3286-80.

Character-Defining Elements

Character defining elements that contribute to the heritage value of Fire Hall No. 5 include its:
- embossing of “Fire Hall 5” above the former vehicle door on the façade.
- white-brick construction
- flat roofline
- articulated north wing with simple corner porch, entry door and single chimney
- full-height pilasters with cement accents and paired modillions at the top on the corners
- narrower pilasters on either side of the vehicle doors
- dentil moulding below the roofline
- narrow windows with cement lintels and sills on façade




Recognition Authority

Local Governments (ON)

Recognition Statute

Ontario Heritage Act

Recognition Type

Municipal Heritage Designation (Part IV)

Recognition Date


Historical Information

Significant Date(s)

1998/01/01 to 1998/01/01

Theme - Category and Type

Governing Canada
Security and Law

Function - Category and Type


Commerce / Commercial Services
Office or Office Building


Fire Station

Architect / Designer

Arthur E. Nutter



Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

City of London Planning and Development Department 300 Dufferin Avenue London, Ontario N6A 4L9

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier




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