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heritage july-2000



Central Fire Station #1


(Lots 37/40, Block 63, Plan 2)

Brandon, Manitoba

Designation Date: July 10th, 2000

Designation Authority: The City of Brandon







The Central Fire Station was constructed in 1911 and stands on the site of its 1882-93 predecessor. It was designed by one of Brandon’s most prominent early architects, W. A. Elliott. The addition of a tower to the original sketches proposed by Elliott was suggested by his young son Egbert. The contract for its construction was awarded to a local builder, A. E. Bullock, for a cost ranging between $37,000 to $40,000.


The architecture of the Central Fire Station combines Chateauesque style with an Italianate tower. Red brick, a steeply pitched roof with protruding dormers, and wrought iron balconies beneath the brackets of the bell tower make this an impressive structure. The main portion of the 2½ storey brick and concrete structure was built of semi fire-proof construction with 13 inch thick walls set on heavy concrete floors with a basement below. It is an excellent example of an early use of concrete.


The Italianate tower contained a large fire bell, known as “Coronation Bell” named in honor of the coronation of King George. The bell was manufactured in West Troy, New York with a weight of 4,400 pounds, a base of 62 inches and a range in the key of “C”. It was removed in 1971 to reduce the stress on the tower. Since October 2017, the Coronation Bell has been on display in the main hall of the #1 Firehall.