This building at 40 Ingram Street in downtown Duncan was built in 1923 as a Fire Hall for the City of Duncan Volunteer Fire Department. It was designed by architect
Douglas James, who also designed several other extant buildings for members of Temple Lodge, No.33.
This building’s connection to
Temple Lodge, No.33 members is through Ormond Towers Smythe, who was Mayor of Duncan during the planning, funding and construction of this building.
The former Duncan Fire Hall at 40 Ingram Street, now the Old Firehall Wine Bar. Built in 1923; designed by architect Douglas James
The Duncan Volunteer Fire Department in 1960 outside 40 Ingram Street (photo: Duncan Volunteer Fire Department)
This building is now a popular downtown Duncan restaurant called the Old Firehouse Wine Bar.
Ormond Towers Smythe, Mayor of Duncan 1914-16, 1923 (photo courtesy of City of Duncan)
Ormond Towers Smythe, a member of Temple Lodge, No.33, was Mayor of Duncan when 40 Ingram Street was built in 1923.
Eight of Duncan’s sixteen
Mayors since 1912 have been members of Temple Lodge, No.33.
Green Door, 126 Ingram Street in downtown Duncan. Built in 1903 by Samuel Robinson for Andrew Hans Peterson.
If you’re near 40 Ingram Street, you may also want to check out the Green Door at
126 Ingram Street, a short walk west of 40 Ingram Street.
126 Ingram Street was built in 1903 by
Temple Lodge, No.33 Charter Member Samuel Robinson, a building contractor, as a residence for fellow Temple Lodge, No.33 member Andrew Hans Peterson.
Andrew Hans Peterson was in business with fellow Temple Lodge, No.33 member Thomas Pitt. Both Andrew Peterson and Thomas Pitt were founding partners of Cowichan Merchants Ltd., whose Cowichan Merchants Building is a landmark in downtown Duncan.
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