Bonnie Doon Fire Hall – Eventide Home (9306 Whyte Ave)

An old Edmonton-Jasper Place firefighter I know has told me that this was built to be a fire hall but never used because of the conversion to motor units (rather than horse-drawn). The architecture definitely supports this and I shall follow up on it later…

[UPDATE]

This fire hall began construction in 1914 but was not completed due to the population loss in Bonnie Doon owing to World War I. Read more in the articles below.

1931

By the 1930s the building had become the¬†Salvation Army’s Bonnie Doon Eventide Home; as seen in the images below

nd-3-5881 - Salvation Army, Bonnie Doon, Eventide Home, Edmonton, Alberta. - 9306 Whyte Ave - 1931

Google Streetview

nd-3-5881 - Salvation Army, Bonnie Doon, Eventide Home, Edmonton, Alberta. - 9306 Whyte Ave - Now

1932

Note the streetcar wires on the left of the below photographs…

nd-3-6071a - Staff of Bonnie Doon Eventide Home, Edmonton, Alberta. - 1932

nd-3-6071b - Men outside Bonnie Doon Eventide Home, Edmonton, Alberta. - note streetcar tracks and wire - 1932

Newspaper Clippings

Ar00229 - Excavation Begun on Bonnie Doon Fire Hall - The Edmonton Bulletin, April 20, 1914 (Morning Edition), Page 2, Item Ar00229

Ar00911 - Bonnie Doon Fire Hall - The Edmonton Bulletin, March 8, 1922 (City Edition), Page 9, Item Ar00911

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