City of Maribyrnong HeritageReview Statement of Significance:Footscray Fire Station & palm are significant to the western region because:
- the station complex is one of the region's more architecturally accomplished inter-war public utility buildings (Criterion F1);
- the station complex and palm have remained essentially unaltered from the street view and preserves the functional association of fire engine garages and firemen's accommodation plus the landscape setting (Criterion D2);
- the palm is relatively unusual for a utility building landscape in the City ( Criterion B2); and - it is a long term public utility well known by the community, representing the early days of station construction under the Metropolitan Fire Brigade (Criterion A4).
Footscray Conservation Study SOS
One of the city's more architecturally accomplished public utility buildings which has remained essentially unaltered from the street view.
Australian Heritage Commission (AHC) criteria
The Australian Heritage Commission criteria consist of a set of eight criteria which cover social, aesthetic, scientific, and historic values. Each criterion has sub-criteria written specifically for cultural or natural values. The relevant criteria are:
F.1 design or technological achievement .
D.2 good example of type
A.4 demonstrates well the course and pattern of history, important historic events
Footscray Fire Station Complex & palm - Physical Description 1
The Footscray Fire Station takes on the contemporary red brick and cement Georgian revival style, more commonly used for residences in the eastern suburbs. It contrasts with other stations of the era, designed in the Moderne/Modern style of the architects Seabrooke and Fildes in suburbs such as Brunswick and Windsor. Symmetry and stylised revival detail are essential aspects of this elevation . An additional engine shed has been added to the south in a sympathetic style during the 1980s. Because of changed operating methods the associated flats have become redundant and are now let out.
The palm is typical planting for the construction era and supports the period expression of the place.
Footscray Fire Station Complex & palm - Physical Description 3
Map (Melway) 42 C3 Boundary description The title land and buildings with emphasis on fabric from or near the construction
date and MFB occupation. Heritage Significance Regional Creation date(s) 1941-2 LocalGovernmentArea City of Maribyrnong Ownership Type Public