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Old Fire Hall and Jail

525 Main Street, Bruno, Saskatchewan, S0K, Canada

Formally Recognized: 2003/09/02

Main Street view of Bruno Fire Hall and Jail, 2007; J. Winkel, 2007
Bruno Fire Hall and Jail
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Other Name(s)

Old Fire Hall and Jail
Bruno Museum

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Construction Date(s)

1917/01/01 to 1918/12/31

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2008/03/27

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

The Old Fire Hall and Jail is a Municipal Heritage Property on one commercial lot at 525 Main Street in the Town of Bruno. The property features a brick fire hall at the front of the lot and a seperate one-room, wood-frame jailhouse situated at the rear.

Heritage Value

The Old Fire Hall and Jail is valued as one of the oldest brick fire halls in Saskatchewan. Built in 1917-1918, the fire hall conveyed a sense of safety and security to the burgeoning town soon after it was incorporated. Built with a boom town façade that features decorative window and door openings and entablature, the fire hall is constructed with brick that was manufactured locally at the Bruno brick plant. The Bruno brick plant was one of three major brick manufacturing facilities that operated in Saskatchewan in the early-twentieth century. The fire hall’s location on Bruno's Main Street is also evidence of the fire hall’s prominence within the community.

The property is also valued for its use as a jail, which was built during the same period as the fire hall. Today, two original jail cells remain intact as part of a small interpretive museum that focuses on the town’s police history. Like the firehall, the jail also speaks to safety and security in a growing new community.

Source:

Town of Bruno Bylaw 04/2003.

Character-Defining Elements

The heritage value of The Old Fire Hall and Jail resides in the following character-defining elements:
-those elements associated with the fire hall’s status as one of the oldest fire halls in Saskatchewan, such as its brick construction, boomtown façade, bell tower, flag poll, bay door and orientation on its original lot;
-those elements of the jail associated with its use as a prison, such as the wood-frame construction, two original steel jail cells and windows.

Recognition

Jurisdiction

Saskatchewan

Recognition Authority

Local Governments (SK)

Recognition Statute

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

Recognition Type

Municipal Heritage Property

Recognition Date

2003/09/02

Historical Information

Significant Date(s)

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Theme - Category and Type

Governing Canada
Security and Law

Function - Category and Type

Current

Leisure
Museum

Historic

Government
Correctional Facility
Government
Fire Station

Architect / Designer

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Builder

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Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

Saskatchewan Ministry of Tourism, Parks, Culture and Sport Heritage Resources Branch 1919 Saskatchewan Drive Regina, SK File: MHP 2253

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier

MHP 2253

Status

Published

Related Places

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