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City to install slate roof on Fire Hall #1

April 9, 2014 -

The City is working to replicate the original central hose tower on Fire Hall #1 – the City-owned property leased to the Lone Star Texas Grill at 251 Ontario St.  

251 Ontario St.
The original roof of 251 Ontario St., seen here, is being restored. This photograph by W.M. Barrows Fond is presented courtesy of the Queen's University Archives.

"This iconic building is one of Kingston's treasures and it is soon going to look even more distinctive.  This work will restore and preserve its architectural significance, and enhance its role as key feature of Kingston's skyline," says Steve Murphy, Manager, Facilities Construction Projects.  Work is already underway on this $400,000 project that is expected to be completed in mid-June.

The original 1876 mansard roof – the tower portion of the roof – included patterned slate shingle, dormer windows and an upper steeple topped with a weather-vane. 

To be completed by Roof Tile Management and planned by MMM Group, this restoration work will also include necessary deck repairs and sheathing on the roof and minor repointing and stone/brick repair.  The rear roof of the building was repaired last year.

Fire Hall #1 was constructed in 1876 and is one of Kingston's finest heritage buildings.  It is a designated property under the Ontario Heritage Act.

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Media contact: For more information contact Cindie Ashton, Media Relations Officer, 613-546-4291, ext. 3116. Or call Communications at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.

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