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Central Fire Hall

Joseph De Rijck has supplied this photo of the old Central Fire HAll on Lombard. Built in 1886 it found itself the home of The Second City comedy group for years.

Central Fire Hall 1886 -TorontoA good article on the history of this building here.


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2 responses

  1. Joseph De Rijck

    Hi Greg, This is great! I just ‘streetviewed’ the old fire hall and it all comes back to me now. So happy to have discovered your blog!;-) So the Patrician Grill has no secrets for you either, then? Where Raymonde and me held hands in the morning before going to work at Hallmark:-) across the street. I remember the initials ”WP” engraved on a stone embedded on the Duke Street side wall of the old Hallmark building and I suppose that they are still there. As a history buff I did some ‘sleuthing’ in that historical area and since the then president of the company, William Meeker, was also interested in the history of the old building, he had asked me to share some of my findings. So I discovered that the WP stood for William Proudfoot, a member of a well-to-do family of Toronto in the old days. While I think of it here is another anecdote. During my lunch breaks I used to gobble up my food to allow me to spend the remainder of my lunch hour in an old Crippled Civilians used book shop on Jarvis. How many books did I buy there!!:-) Those were the days of 25-50-75 cents hardcover books! I still own some of those. The man who ran the old shop was a Mr. Fraser and the poor man was practically blind! He told me at one time how that came about. Sad story… What amazed me was the fact that he seemed to know exactly where his books were located! I would ask him if he, per chance, had any books on a particular subject and he would right away feel his way along an alley and stop at the approximate place where the book(s) in question was-were. He would then remove a book from the row and bring it close to his one useable eye, practically touching it, to confirm if that was what I was looking for. I will _never_ forget that courageous person…

    Have a nice week-end,


    P.S. In passing, are you a graphic artist?

    April 26, 2014 at 11:08 pm

  2. Thanks for the input. I’ll look for the WP.

    April 27, 2014 at 1:41 pm

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