Parkdale Fire Station
424 Parkdale Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario, K1Y, Canada
Parkdale Fire Station
Fire Station 11
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Listed on the Canadian Register:
Statement of Significance
Description of Historic Place
The Parkdale Fire Station is a rectangular, two storey, red brick with stone trim structure that features a flat roof and a four storey hose drying tower. It was designed and erected under the supervision of Ottawa architects Millson, Burgess and Hazelgrove in 1924 and incorporates some Modern Classical style elements. It is the only structure within the designated heritage property (City of Ottawa Bylaw 16-96).
Historical Value: The Parkdale Fire Station was designated in 1996 because it was one of three surviving pre-1930 fire stations in Ottawa (Station 5, c.1890; Station 10, 1921). It reflects the pre-1930 period when the Ottawa fire department was attempting to evolve from a poorly equipped fire fighting force to a professional fire department. City Council approved its construction to "give proper protection to the lives and property of those living in this fast-growing district" of the Hintonburg neighbourhood. It ceased use as a fire station in 1986.
Architectural Value: This is a rare surviving example in Ottawa of a fire station that incorporates pre-1930 fire fighting technology. There is a hose drying tower where water hoses are hung in an interior chamber with air circulation for drying. The front (street) façade features a pedestrian entry and two large bays that allow quick exit and entry of fire engines (horse drawn and powered). The second storey was accommodation for the Station Captain and other administrative and personnel functions. It features window openings with multiple pane sashes. The building is constructed in red brick with light-coloured, smooth stone decoration and cast iron lettering ("Station No. 11") on the front façade and tower, making it an attractive public component of the urban streetscape.
Environmental Value: The Parkdale fire station contributes to the neighbourhood character and is considered a community landmark.
Source: City of Ottawa Bylaw 16-96
Character defining elements that relate to the function of the structure as a fire station are of value and include:
-hose drying tower and tower roof structure
-two large equipment entrance bays on the front façade
-pedestrian entry on front façade
-stone trim as elements of decoration
-cast iron lettering 'Station No. 11'
- window openings on the second storey
Local Governments (ON)
Ontario Heritage Act
Municipal Heritage Designation (Part IV)
1986/01/01 to 1986/01/01
Theme - Category and Type
- Building Social and Community Life
- Education and Social Well-Being
Function - Category and Type
- Commerce / Commercial Services
- Shop or Wholesale Establishment
- Fire Station
Architect / Designer
Richard H. Millson, Cecil Burgess and Albert J. Hazelgrove
Location of Supporting Documentation
City of Ottawa Planning Department; Ottawa: A Guide to Heritage Structures.
Cross-Reference to Collection