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Ithaca Fire Station (former)

Place Details
Place ID 601199
Registration Type State Heritage
Place Name Ithaca Fire Station (former)
Alternative Name Ithaca Fire Station
Place Classification Built
Place Category Emergency Services/Fire Control
Place Type Fire Brigade Station
Themes 6 Building settlements, towns, cities and dwellings / 6.3 Developing urban services and amenities
Register Entry Date 02/03/1993

Address 140 Enoggera Terrace
Town / Suburb PADDINGTON
Post Code 4064

Cultural Heritage Significance
Principal Period
of Significance
1917-1918, 1928 (fabric), 1918-1992 (Historical)
Criterion A 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 D It demonstrates the principal characteristics of an early 20th century suburban fire station.
Criterion E It exhibits aesthetic characteristics valued by the community, including its landmark quality and contribution to the Paddington townscape.
Criterion G 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.

Element Name Ithaca Fire Station (former)
Design Period 1914 - 1919 World War I
Construction Period 1918 - 1928
Place Components Recreation area/room/building/hall/centre
Store/s / Storeroom / Storehouse
Engine room / Appliance bay (fire station)
Wall/s - retaining
Residential accommodation - staff quarters

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Last updated: 15 March 2013

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