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Fire Hall

11 - 2nd Avenue West, Mortlach, Saskatchewan, S0H, Canada

Formally Recognized: 2007/07/17

Fire Hall, 2009; Robertson, 2009
Mortlach Fire Hall - view from the north-west
Fire Hall, 2009; Robertson, 2009
Mortlach Fire Hall - the former courtroom
Fire Hall, 2009; Robertson, 2009
Mortlach Fire Hall - view from the south-west

Other Name(s)

Fire Hall
Mortlach Drop-In Centre/Museum

Links and documents

Construction Date(s)

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2009/09/28

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.

Heritage Value

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.

Source:

Village of Mortlach Bylaw No. 01-07.

Character-Defining Elements

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.

Recognition

Jurisdiction

Saskatchewan

Recognition Authority

Local Governments (SK)

Recognition Statute

Heritage Property Act, s. 11(1)(a)

Recognition Type

Municipal Heritage Property

Recognition Date

2007/07/17

Historical Information

Significant Date(s)

n/a

Theme - Category and Type

Governing Canada
Security and Law

Function - Category and Type

Current

Leisure
Museum
Community
Social, Benevolent or Fraternal Club

Historic

Government
Courthouse and/or Registry Office
Government
Fire Station
Government
Town or City Hall

Architect / Designer

n/a

Builder

n/a

Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

Saskatchewan Ministry of Tourism, Parks, Culture and Sport Heritage Resources Branch 1919 Saskatchewan Drive Regina, SK File No: MHP 2320

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier

MHP 2320

Status

Published

Related Places

n/a

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