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Ithaca Fire Station (former)

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  • 601199
  • 140 Enoggera Terrace, Paddington

General

Also known as
Ithaca Fire Station
Classification
State Heritage
Register status
Entered
Date entered
2 March 1993
Type
Emergency services / fire control: Fire brigade station
Theme
6.3 Building settlements, towns, cities and dwellings: Developing urban services and amenities
Architect
Harper, AJ
Construction periods
1918–1928, Ithaca Fire Station (former) (1918 - 1928)
1918–1928, Former Ithaca Fire Station - Fire Station (1918 - 1928)
unknown, Former Ithaca Fire Station - Store
Historical period
1914–1919 World War I

Location

Address
140 Enoggera Terrace, Paddington
LGA
Brisbane City Council
Coordinates
-27.45859781, 153.00024542

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Significance

Criterion AThe place is important in demonstrating the evolution or pattern of Queensland’s history.

The Ithaca Fire Station (former), constructed in two stages, 1918-19 and 1928, is important in demonstrating the evolution of Queensland's history, as it is an integral part of a group of civic buildings and places along Enoggera Terrace which demonstrate the identity of the former Ithaca Town.

Criterion DThe place is important in demonstrating the principal characteristics of a particular class of cultural places.

It demonstrates the principal characteristics of an early 20th century suburban fire station.

Criterion EThe place is important because of its aesthetic significance.

It exhibits aesthetic characteristics valued by the community, including its landmark quality and contribution to the Paddington townscape.

Criterion GThe place has a strong or special association with a particular community or cultural group for social, cultural or spiritual reasons.

The place has strong social and cultural association with the Paddington and Brisbane communities as an integral member of an historic group on Cook's Hill which includes the adjacent Ithaca War Memorial and Park [600274], The Paddington Substation [601198], and Ithaca Embankments [601209].

History

The ground floor of this timber and fibro-cement building was erected in 1918-19 as the headquarters of the Ithaca Fire Brigade. The brigade was formed in 1918 by the merger of the Ithaca and Milton Volunteer Fire Brigades, and provided the inner western suburbs with a permanent firefighting force of four, with six auxiliary staff.

The building was erected on Cook's Hill, at the junction of Latrobe and Enoggera Terraces, near where the Ithaca Volunteer Fire Brigade station had stood. The new building was constructed by the firefighters themselves at a cost of £500, using materials from dismantled fire stations. It was designed by the superintendent, A J Harper, who also supervised the work. Site excavation, terracing, and installation of a septic tank were carried out by the Ithaca Town Council, who were eager to promote an improved firefighting service in the town.

The station was opened on 8 February 1919 by the Mayor of Ithaca, Alderman Kaye. It comprised an engine room, recreation room, large dormitory, bathroom and verandah. Located within the grounds were a large shed, which possibly pre-dated the station building, and a fire hose tower, removed from the former Milton Volunteers' Baroona Road station.

In 1921 Brisbane's fire brigades combined to form the Metropolitan Fire Brigades District, and the station continued to be known as the Ithaca Fire Station.

Extensive landscaping of Cook's Hill was undertaken in 1919 by the Ithaca Town Council's gardener, Alexander Jolly. Most of this was destroyed with the construction of the adjacent tramway substation in 1929-30.

In 1928 a first floor was added as accommodation for the officer in charge. The architects were Atkinson, Powell, Conrad and the builder was F W Enchelmaier. During the Second World War the building was a base for the Wartime Auxiliary Fire Service.

The fire station functioned until August 1992, when it was vacated. It was the longest operating fire station in the Brisbane area. The hose tower was removed some time after 1981.

The galvanised iron storage shed which was located between the fire station building and the adjacent substation was removed in 1995.

Description

Ithaca Fire Station (former), situated near the junction of Enoggera and Latrobe Terraces, is a two storeyed building with a hipped corrugated fibro cement roof.

The building is clad with chamferboards at the ground floor and fibro cement to the first floor. The north elevation has a central projecting vehicle bay with two sets of folding timber and glass garage doors. The ground floor has timber sash windows with decorative timber bracketed window hoods, while on the first floor there are casement windows.

Internally, the central vehicle bay has a concrete floor with timber floors to the locker room, recreation area and offices on each side. The ground floor walls have tongue and groove boards, the ceilings are boarded and a recessed bay with mottled glass panels opens off the vehicle bay to the locker room. The first floor has tongue and groove boards to the walls, fibro-cement ceiling, terrazzo floors to the bathroom and toilet, and timber floors elsewhere. Some of the original fire station fittings survive.

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Location

Location of Ithaca Fire Station (former) within Queensland
Licence
Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)
Last updated
20 January 2016
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