Fire Station Number 5, Quebec City, Canada

Georges-Émile Tanguay
Date Built
103 rue Dalhousie
This building on Rue Dalhousie in Quebec City was once Firehouse Number 5.  The Archiseek website describes it as having, "... a spectacular 'Second Empire' façade, flanked by a high tower whose only function was to hang the fire hoses for drying. Inside were sleeping quarters, stables and enough room for four horse drawn tank trucks."  It functioned as a firehouse until the early 1980s after which it sat unused for a number of years.

Today, it is La Caserne, a multidisciplinary production centre, a venue that can host concerts and stage performances, and can be rented for public performances, screenings, film production.  La Caserne's website explains that, "In 1993, the City of Québec offered Ex Machina the possibility of turning the place into an artistic production centre. With the help of contractor Lauréat Pépin, engineer Louis Larouche and stage design specialist Michel Gosselin, architects Jacques Plante and Marc Julien were in charge of transforming the building and adding a modern touch to George-Émile Tanguay’s exhaustively restored design. La Caserne was inaugurated on June 2nd 1997, after 17 months of renovations and transformations."