Thursday, March 27, 2014

Hometown Memories: The Neighbourhood Fire Station

Because it’s an old area, there are quite a few historical buildings in the neighbourhood I grew up in. This is something that appeals to me deeply, particularly from a photographic point of view. The architecture of these old structures is unique, and there are stories behind each one.

The fire station seen in the image below is one of those historical buildings:

My heart beat a little faster every time I walked by here as a teenager.
Station 41, which was just a few minutes walking distance from my family’s home, opened in 1924. At the time, it only had horse-drawn carriages to serve the people. Because it was rarely used for several years, it was decided that the motorized vehicles at a station in another section of the city would be able to accommodate the area, and station 41 was shut down in 1933.

During that period, the building was used in different ways: as a protestant church, as a garage for police vehicles, and even as a paint shop for the fire department. But floods became frequent in the neighbourhood, which made it difficult for the distant fire station, and because of that, along with pressure from a municipal councilor, station 41 was reopened in 1939, albeit with only one truck in its possession. Renovations were finally made in 2004, and the fire station now has two fire trucks, one pump truck and one ladder truck.

Today, station 41 stands proudly, having served the area for many years.


Incidentally, every year a fireman from the station would go door to door selling calendars to raise money. Needless to say, I always bought one. Because I’m one of those women that love firemen. Typical, I know, but oh so true. And I don’t apologize for it!

How can you not love people who do things like this?



*sniff*

Happy Thursday, everyone!

37 comments:

  1. I shared that video on my fb wall and as soon as I did, it recommend a news story saying the kitten passed away later that day from lung damage. :( So sad

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    1. It is very sad, Adam, but at least this firefighter gave it a chance at life. I guess the damage was too extensive, and the little critter was too weak. A sad ending, but a good deed.

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  2. This is a great story (except that the kitten passed)... Anyway, Thanks! for sharing.

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    1. It's sad that the kitten didn't make it, but the kindness shown by this man is heartwarming.

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  3. Stately looking firehouse with a colorful history. Sorry to hear that the kitten didn't make it.

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    1. I love these old buildings. They have so much character.

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  4. Gorgeous structure! We have one similar in Blair, but they built a new one a few years ago which I don't like quite as well.

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    1. There was much more attention to detail with these old buildings, which makes them that much more interesting.

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  5. I like the building.

    Thank you. Love love, Andrew. Bye.

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    1. Glad you like it. Thanks for stopping by, Andrew!

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  6. Love the windows/doors of the firehouse. Very cool. And that kitten ... too much.

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    1. It's a really cool building. I never paid much attention to these things until later in life. Now I enjoy walking around the neighbourhood and taking photos.

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  7. I am glad that the powers that be recognize the old building as something worth saving, Not only are they beautiful but it is better than wasting resources and tearing it down and building a new one.

    Poor kitten. I am glad the firefighter gave him the chance.

    And firefighters. ohhhhh!

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    1. That's the thing, Birdie; that the kitten was given a chance. There is only so much we can do sometimes, but at least something is done.

      I'm always happy to hear when these old buildings are given a new lease on life. They are historical, and they add character to a city.

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  8. touching video...I just read Adam's comment, too bad.

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    1. It is sad, but it could have gone the other way, too. You just never know, but you certainly have to try.

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  9. I think those old firehouse got so much characters!

    Girl, I just don't get what is the big deal with firefighters, and calendar hahaha

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    1. Firefighters and their calendars...oh my... Don't get me started! hahaha...

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  10. These old buildings are treasures to be maintained and protected. I fell the same way about my old elementary school which still stands today and is now a private Buddhist school for kids from P to 12.
    You have inspired me Martha to maybe sometime soon 'hit' my old neighbourhood in Halifax with camera in hand. thanks.

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    1. Jim, you should do it! I would love to see a few posts about your old neighbourhood!

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  11. This made me cry. A few years back, Ottawa raised money to buy animal resuscitation equipment for animals. I too shared it to FB. So sweet to see a small soul was brought back to life. I am so glad you are documenting your life in Montreal. It's given me an idea to do the same. Although I was brought up in Sarnia (Southern Ontario) and would actually like to forget that life.

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    1. It's fun walking around my old neighbourhood, and touring sections of the city that hold memories for me. As I get older, I appreciate all this more and more. Must be the nostalgia that we develop in our older years!

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  12. They don't make buildings like that anymore. Nice history .

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  13. Fireman are the bravest people.
    It was such sad news about 2 fireman losing their lives in a fire in Boston yesterday.
    That is a wonderful firehouse, thanks for sharing your memories.
    The video made me cry.

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    1. They certainly are brave, Margie! I am grateful to these types of people for the sacrifices they make for us.

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  14. Beautiful old building. And interesting history. I too love fireman and would gladly buy a calendar full of hunky fireman if they sold them around here. :)

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  15. ohhhh couldn't watch the video because I know what it was about ... DID YOU see the firefighter's calendar? oh, Martha!!! We're talking calendar...

    http://www.firecritic.com/2013/11/19/top-ten-2014-male-firefighter-calendars/

    The fire station is also very handsome ... with a wonderful history ...

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    1. Oh my, Carolyn...firefighter overdose! Hahahaha... Wow, some amazing images. I wish it was possible to add a whistling sound to our posts. Hahahah...

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  16. A lot of these old fire stations in Montreal have been converted to condos !
    Can't watch the video - sorry - just can't - and now I hate that I know the outcome :(
    Happy weekend Martha !
    Hugs from Montreal

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    1. It's nice to know, Suzan, that they are renovated instead of torn down. I wouldn't want to see the city lose its character!

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  17. I always find your style of representing such subjects, very interesting!!

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    1. Thanks, Chirasree. It's always nice to see you here!

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  19. Old Montreal buildings, love those, and that video I wanted to see it so much, but then they I have to download this and that and something and it has a cost, so I got the lovely gesture anyway, thanks for all that you share

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    1. Oh, that's too bad, Lorraine. But I think you got an idea about what the video is all about!

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