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Berkeley Street Firehall No.4 1905
Photos and transcription by contributor Wayne Adam - Posted June, 2012
Plaque coordinates: 43.652787 -79.364758
This building was designed by architect A. Frank Wickson in the Edwardian Classical style to replace an earlier firehall on this site. Marked by arched gables, it also features rich contrasts in brick and stone, most visible around the grand second-storey window. Fire engines once entered through garage doors (now windows) and fire hoses were dried in the tower, which has since been reduced in size. In 1972, the hall was renovated as a theatre by architect Ron Thom for the Alumnae Theatre Company.
Posted November 14, 2011
I presently reside on Berkeley Street across from the fire hall and would be very interested in your project.
Posted February 1, 2011
We lived at 73 Berkeley Street across from the fire hall from 1933 until I joined the Army in 1951. In the late 1940's there was an accident involving a Berkeley Street fire truck and another fire engine in which a Berkeley Street firefighter was killed and others on the truck badly injured. I am trying to obtain the date for a history of Berkeley Street I am currently writing.
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