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The Old Fire Hall

34, Herriott Street, Perth, Ontario, K7H, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1982/06/08

contextual view; Rideau Heritage Initiative 2006
The Old Fire Hall, Perth
main hall and tower; Rideau Heritage Initiative 2006
The Old Fire Hall, Perth
detail; Rideau Heritage Initiative 2006
The Old Fire Hall, Perth

Other Name(s)

The Old Fire Hall
Perth Fire Hall

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Construction Date(s)


Listed on the Canadian Register: 2008/01/09

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

The Old Fire Hall is a red brick building with an adjoining mansard-roofed square tower, and is one of the few remaining fire halls dating as far back as 1855. It has a tower and a second storey addition that was completed in 1883. The gable roof and returned eaves hint at a touch of Classicism in the design of this fire hall.

The Old Fire Hall is recognized for its heritage value by the Town of Perth in By-law 2445.

Heritage Value

The Old Fire Hall is in direct proximity and directly associated with two other heritage properties; the United Church and the Town Hall, where alarm bells rang out to indicate the possible direction of a fire.

Although the name of the builder of the fire hall as it was first constructed in 1855 is lost to history, it was Messrs. Houre and McWilliams who added a second storey to the engine room and built the tower in 1883. After a fire, one man climbed to the tower on a ladder, dropped down a rope with a strong hook and caught up a section of hose. The hose was then pulled up to the tower by a pulley, and allowed to hang down to drip. To facilitate the drying process, a stove blazed with a good fire directly below the hose. A worn depression and a drain in the floor of the main room of the engine house shows a well-worn path where surplus water was drained from the hoses and allowed to escape to an underground well outside.

The red brick on the first floor was laid in Flemish bond, while on the second storey a larger size of red brick was laid in the common-bond style. The returned eaves on the gable roof of the main building give a Classic touch to its appearance.

Source: Heritage Perth, Town of Perth By-law 2445.

Character-Defining Elements

Character defining elements that reflect the heritage value of The Old Fire Hall include the:
- red brick exterior (first floor red brick laid in Flemish bond, second floor larger size red brick was laid in common-bond style)
- returned eaves on the gable roof of the main building
- 50-foot-high tower
- location along the canal and in ear shot of the Old Town Hall and the United Church




Recognition Authority

Local Governments (ON)

Recognition Statute

Ontario Heritage Act

Recognition Type

Municipal Heritage Designation (Part IV)

Recognition Date


Historical Information

Significant Date(s)

1883/01/01 to 1883/01/01

Theme - Category and Type

Governing Canada
Security and Law

Function - Category and Type



Fire Station

Architect / Designer




Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

Town Hall, Perth Ontario

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier




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