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Fire Station #24 in Summerhill, Balmoral Avenue- 1911; Robert McCallum-city architect

Fire Station #24 (now #311) is in Queen Anne Revival or Dutch Flemish style, (depending whom you ask) notably in the use of red brick and the addition of stepped gables on the south and west sides. The vertical stone strips running up the height of the south front of the west wing, are modern, reminiscent perhaps of work associated with followers of Frank Lloyd Wright. Built in 1911, the building was designed by the architect Robert McCallum, who also designed Yorkville library.


Located just off Yonge Street, Balmoral Fire Hall was built in an era when horses pulled hose wagons through its double doors. Still visible along the east wall is a second-storey projecting beam and doorway, where hay was hoisted into a loft for feed. In the rear, a tower (not visible on this photo), capable of drying 50-foot hoses still stands.

The building was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1990.

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  • Uploaded on July 23, 2012
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    by tor tom
    • Camera: Panasonic DMC-ZS5
    • Taken on 2012/02/09 10:51:52
    • Exposure: 0.004s (1/250)
    • Focal Length: 4.40mm
    • F/Stop: f/6.300
    • ISO Speed: ISO80
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash