The Old Perth Fire Hall



Photo- Linda Seccaspina


The Old Fire Hall is a 50 foot 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.

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.

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Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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