11 - 2nd Avenue West, Mortlach, Saskatchewan, S0H, Canada
Mortlach Drop-In Centre/Museum
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Listed on the Canadian Register:
Statement of Significance
Description of Historic Place
The Fire Hall is a Municipal Heritage Property located in the Village of Mortlach. The property features a two-storey, wood-frame vernacular structure with a boomtown false front and belfry.
The Fire Hall, built circa 1906, is of heritage value as a rare surviving example of a pioneer-era combined fire hall and town hall. The structure was constructed approximately two years after Mortlach was established, also making it one of the earliest buildings in the village. The fire hall combined important civic and government functions in one building, which was typical, especially in smaller communities. In the case of Mortlach, the building contains a second-storey courtroom, which was also used as the village’s council chambers. The first storey of the building contained the village jail, which remains, in addition to the village’s fire-fighting equipment.
Village of Mortlach Bylaw No. 01-07.
The heritage value of the Fire Hall resides in the following character-defining elements:
-elements of Fire Hall’s design and construction, such as its wood-frame materials with bevelled wooden siding; two-storey, gable-roof form with boomtown false front; open belfry; large fire equipment doorway and secondary entrance; interior arrangement with second-storey courtroom and first-storey jail; courtroom elements, including differing floor levels, a bench railing and decorative tin ceiling and the first-storey jail cell;
-elements of the Fire Hall’s context, such as its placement on its original location.
Local Governments (SK)
Heritage Property Act, s. 11(1)(a)
Municipal Heritage Property
Theme - Category and Type
- Governing Canada
- Security and Law
Function - Category and Type
- Social, Benevolent or Fraternal Club
- Courthouse and/or Registry Office
- Fire Station
- Town or City Hall
Architect / Designer
Location of Supporting Documentation
Saskatchewan Ministry of Tourism, Parks, Culture and Sport
Heritage Resources Branch
1919 Saskatchewan Drive Regina, SK
File No: MHP 2320
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