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West Edmonton Fire Hall & Jail (es 123 Street, North of 129 Ave)

The West Edmonton Fire Hall served its original function for only a few years before it was converted to a parish hall for the nearby Church of the Good Shepherd (12947 123 Street). The following text comes from their website (via Brent Welch of Historic Edmonton and Northern Alberta):

“The W.A. purchased the Calder fire hall and jail from the City of Edmonton. The building was moved from across the corner to the Church property (south lot), May 1921. While the hall was in still rough shape the ladies held a bazaar and raised $300. So, in two months the purchase and moving of the hall were completely paid for. With willing workers and hours of labor, the jail and fire hall was soon turned into a Parish Hall. It was a two floor structure. In later years the second floor was declared unsafe and they had to remove it from the building and made it into one floor. The hall served the parish for 38 years. A unique feature of this two story building was the town jail. There was an ironed barred area under the stairs used as the jail. A parishioner, Wilf Collier took the iron bars and made a lych gate for the front entrance walk of the Church.”

And here is more of the same story, taken from the church’s 65 Anniversary Pamphlet. Also note the Lych gate, which was partially made from the old jail cell…

West Edmonton Fire Hall - Story

Possible Photograph

This photograph cannot be confirmed as the 2 storey West Edmonton (Calder) Fire Hall yet, but I can say that it is not the Beverly Fire Hall (which was brick), it is not the wooden Strathcona fire hall (which looked very different) and is not the wooden Exhibition Grounds fire hall (which was 1 1/2 storeys, not 2) and it is certainly not Fire Hall No. 1 (which was built in 1893 of brick). I realize that the approximate year for the photo below is circa 1900, but that just doesn’t seem to fit. So, I still feel like this could be the fire hall/jail that Calder once had. I will research more before I give a certain answer though…

West Edmonton Fire Hall - Possible Photo

EdHGIS: Fire Insurance Maps & Google Earth Imagery (w/ Henderson Directory Pages)

West Edmonton Fire Hall - Map and Directory Pages

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