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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 and is currently being stored.