Yorkville Fire Hall – Toronto’s Oldest Working Fire House, Since 1889

1952 - When Toronto Fire Station 312 was called Fire Station No. 10 (Toronto Public Library r-1899)
1952 – When Toronto Fire Station 312 was called Fire Station No. 10 (Toronto Public Library r-1899)

The Yorkville Fire Hall, today is known as ‪Toronto Fire Station 312‬, is the oldest fire hall in Toronto. It’s located at ‪34 Yorkville Ave‬, in the Bloor-Yorkville neighbourhood.

The History of Yorkville Fire House

In 1876, the quaint village had a firehouse constructed with a 5-storey tower and two bays built on the site. It was designed by architects Herbert Hancock and Samuel Townsend.

In 1889, except for the tower, that structure was demolished and replaced with today’s fire hall. The architectural gem was designed by Mancel Willmot and is made of yellow brick with dark orange brick highlights.

Also known as Fire Station No. 10, the fire hall was restored and renovated to accommodate another truck in 1974. The Toronto Historical Board gave the firehouse heritage status in 1975. When the city’s fire service amalgamated in 1998, it was renamed ‪Toronto Fire Station 312‬.

Today, the Yorkville Fire Hall is over 140 years old and is situated amongst posh shops and next to the Four Seasons Hotel. The heritage building also serves as one of the busier fire stations in Toronto. Another one of the city’s oldest working fire stations is Kew Beach Fire Hall.

The Coat of Arms

2020 - Yorkville Fire Hall, now Toronto Fire Station 312 Coat of Arms
2020 – Yorkville Fire Hall, now Toronto Fire Station 312 Coat of Arms

Yorkville had a beautiful High Victorian-style town hall on the west side of Yonge St at Collier St. In 1941, that building was destroyed by fire, but the town hall’s clock and Coat of Arms were saved (slide 10). The clock was transferred to the fire hall tower while the Coat of Arms was added to the building’s front. The crest is made of carved stone and features a beaver atop five symbols that represent the town’s first councillors’ occupations:

  • Bull: Butcher, Peter Hutty
  • Barrel: brewer, John Severn
  • Brick: brickmaker, Thomas Atkinson
  • Plane: carpenter, Reeve James Dobson
  • Anvil: blacksmith, James Wallis

Yorkville Fire Hall Photos

2022 - Looking northwest towards Toronto Fire Station 312 at 34 Yorkville Ave
2022 – Looking northwest towards Toronto Fire Station 312 at 34 Yorkville Ave
1952 - When Toronto Fire Station 312 was called Fire Station No. 10 (Toronto Public Library r-1899)
1952 – When Toronto Fire Station 312 was called Fire Station No. 10 (Toronto Public Library r-1899)
2022 - Looking northeast towards Yorkville Fire Hall, known today as Toronto Fire Station 312. To the east of the fire station is Yorkville Library
2022 – Looking northeast towards Yorkville Fire Hall, known today as Toronto Fire Station 312. To the east of the fire station is Yorkville Library
2020 - Yorkville Fire Hall, now Toronto Fire Station 312 tower
2020 – Yorkville Fire Hall, now Toronto Fire Station 312 tower
2020 - Yorkville Fire Hall, now Toronto Fire Station 312 clock tower
2020 – Yorkville Fire Hall, now Toronto Fire Station 312 clock tower
1975 - Toronto Fire Station 312 clock tower
1975 – Toronto Fire Station 312 clock tower
1980 - Toronto Fire Station 312 & Yorkville Library
1980 – Toronto Fire Station 312 & Yorkville Library
2020 - Yorkville Fire Hall, now Toronto Fire Station 312
2020 – Yorkville Fire Hall, now Toronto Fire Station 312
1975 - Toronto Fire Station 312, reopening day
1975 – Toronto Fire Station 312, reopening day
1975 - Toronto Fire Station 312 & Yorkville Library at Yonge and Yorkville Sts
1975 – Toronto Fire Station 312 & Yorkville Library at Yonge and Yorkville Sts
1924 - Toronto Fire horse-drawn steam engine
1924 – Toronto Fire horse-drawn steam engine
2020 - Yorkville Fire Hall, now Toronto Fire Station 312 Coat of Arms
2020 – Yorkville Fire Hall, now Toronto Fire Station 312 Coat of Arms
1907 - Yorkville Town Hall, on the west side of Yonge St at Collier St (Toronto Public Library r-6634)
1907 – Yorkville Town Hall, on the west side of Yonge St at Collier St (Toronto Public Library r-6634)
2019 - Yorkville Fire Hall, now Toronto Fire Station 312
2019 – Yorkville Fire Hall, now Toronto Fire Station 312
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