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Parkdale Fire Station

424 Parkdale Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario, K1Y, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1996/02/07

Front elevation; City of Ottawa, 2004
Parkdale fire station, March 2004.
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Other Name(s)

Parkdale Fire Station
Fire Station 11

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Construction Date(s)


Listed on the Canadian Register: 2004/03/15

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).

Heritage Value

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

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




Recognition Authority

Local Governments (ON)

Recognition Statute

Ontario Heritage Act

Recognition Type

Municipal Heritage Designation (Part IV)

Recognition Date


Historical Information

Significant Date(s)

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



Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

City of Ottawa Planning Department; Ottawa: A Guide to Heritage Structures.

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier




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