Firefighters were able to put out the fire at the Campbell House Museum and what's next for the historic structure. The house is one of the few remaining examples of Georgian architecture left in Toronto and is constructed in a style in vogue during the late Georgian era known as Palladian architecture.[2]. With several identified on this side, the order was given order to stop and raise the ladder. In July 1880, O’Toole was responding to a small fire in a vacant house on Locust Street when a fire extinguisher blew up in his hands. It’s not Distilled History in book form (baby steps), but it was this blog that prompted a publisher to reach out and ask if I’d like to take on a special project. On Monday night fires set throughout the city of St. Louis, including a section of downtown. The museum also includes an art gallery. The chaos caused by a fire of this magnitude is hard to underestimate. I have a special project in mind for the Pat Connolly Tavern, so for this post I decided to cozy up to the bar at the other Irish bar in Dogtown, Seamus McDaniel’s. Free tours of the building by the museum’s historical interpreters and wood fire … Death found him on the balcony below. That’s the Southern Hotel fire of April 11, 1877, a fire I know well since my pal at the Campbell House Museum (Robert Campbell) owned the hotel at the time. The building eventually came to be used by several businesses after the turn of the 20th century as office space and a factory, including Hobbs Glass Company; Capewell Horse Nail Company and Masco Elevator Company. Book Campbell House, Twentynine Palms on Tripadvisor: See 581 traveler reviews, 409 candid photos, and great deals for Campbell House, ranked #1 of 11 hotels in Twentynine Palms and rated 5 of 5 at Tripadvisor. Roughly 3 out of 5 fire deaths happen in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. I lived in Dogtown for several years when I first moved to St. Louis, and I have many fond memories of walking just a couple hundred feet from my front door and ordering a pint of Guinness at Pat’s (now the Pat Connolly Tavern). [3] It was home to various prominent citizens (Hon. I know I must sound like a broken record, but please pardon my lack of activity here (again). For most of the 19th century the structure remained a private residence. Your comment made my day. It took me a while to get back to him (pesky book project), but we eventually met and shared information about the history of fighting fires in St. Louis and its most famous firefighter. Full Story . It’s not Kerry Patch, the long-gone Irish neighborhood O’Toole called home 150 years ago, but Dogtown is an Irish as St. Louis gets today. Two days after the fire, the St. Louis Dispatch attempted to calculate the number of people unaccounted for, and the number reached was thirty-eight. James Gordon, Terence O’Neil, John Strathy and John Fensom) until 1890, by which point the neighbourhood had changed into a commercial and industrial zone. In 1972, the last owners of the property, the Coutts-Hallmark Greeting Cards Company, wanted to demolish the house to expand its parking lot. As Reese’s wife was lowered next and came within her husband’s reach, O’Toole instructed the professor to shove her out to the ladder. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother opened the fully restored structure on June 28, 1974. Photo courtesy Chattanooga Fire Department/ A house on the 3400 block of Wilcox Boulevard burns on the morning of Oct. 25, 2020. Along with the complete destruction of the city’s most elegant and magnificent hotel, more than twenty people lost their lives. The Southern Hotel fire was a devastating event in the city’s history. History of Campbell House. With no option but to follow, Einstmann’s wife and mother-in-law descended the rope after him. Born in County Wicklow, Phelim O’Toole worked as a sailor before coming to America in the 1860’s. After two additional alarms (1:45 a.m and 2:00 a.m), every fire department in the city was involved except one. Active Incidents. And many of them died because they were simply out of reach. After Lady Campbell's death in 1844, her estate auctioned the property and the contents of the house with the proceeds distributed amongst their heirs. The exact cause was never determined, but as Arlen Ross Dykstra details in an article in the Missouri History Museum’s Gateway Heritage magazine in 1986, there was “no lack of combustible material” in the hotel’s basement. With no sign of anyone in the windows above, the truck was then moved to the 4th Street side. One of them was Joseph Pulitzer, a resident of the hotel who occupied two rooms on the third floor. Tragically, it was discovered hours later that his wife had in fact survived. The home was designed for entertaining and comfort, and constructed at a time when the Campbells were socially and economically established and their children had grown to adulthood. This reality of the situation forced many to take drastic action. In the spring of 1877, Phelim O’Toole was a captain of Hook & Ladder No. Kennedy let go, and after a bit of a struggle, was soon secured at the top of the ladder. Russell reported that he did his best to lead people to safety, eventually reaching the servants wing where he found many of them in a “state of panic” and “running wildly about”. But on the night of April 11, 1877, Phelim O’Toole became the stuff of legend. As Kennedy repeatedly announced that he was about to jump, O’Toole climbed the ladder again, threw Kennedy a rope, and shouted “No, damn it, don’t jump.”  Then O’Toole ordered Kennedy to turn around (facing the window) and hang his legs over while clutching the window sill. I am happy to announce that I have a book coming out on April 15, 2017. The book is titled Lost Treasures of St. Louis, and it’s a fun look back at many of the restaurants, amusement parks, movie theaters, and other St. Louis memories that are no longer with us. And what may have been the most heartbreaking turn of events, a member of the British House of Commons named Lord William Felix Munster became separated from his wife of eight months while fleeing from the fire. As hotel employees abandoned efforts to extinguish the spreading fire and fled, most of the estimated 650 guests, residents, and employees located on the hotel’s lower floors had been alerted and were able to escape without much difficulty. The house was originally located on a plot of land 1.5 km (0.93 mi) southeast of its current location, at the intersection of what is now Adelaide Street (then 64 Duke Street) and Frederick Street. It serves as both a historic house museum and a club for the members of the Advocates Society. I love the history of St. Louis. With assistance from maintenance trucks of the Toronto Transit Commission, the 270 tf (300 short tons-force) home was moved 1,617 m (5,305 ft) northwest from Adelaide Street to the north side of Queen Street West, between University Avenue and Simcoe Street on March 30, 1972. Critically injured by the fall, she died the next day. But Skinner escapes were cumbersome vehicles, and getting a good position on the ground proved almost impossible with obstacles such as the hotel’s porch and double-car tracks in the street. And this was all done in the midst of a treacherous fire. And while doing that last summer, I found something interesting. Current Incidents. Coordinates: 43°39′03.5″N 79°23′14″W / 43.650972°N 79.38722°W / 43.650972; -79.38722, List of oldest buildings and structures in Toronto,, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 9 November 2020, at 06:25. But to anyone watching the night unfold, it was clear that the critical scenes would play out on the hotel’s upper floors. I ordered a pint of Guinness, and while getting a good pour from one of the nicest bartenders around, I raised my glass to Phelim O’Toole and toasted to one of the bravest men in the history of St. Louis. And seeing the debut of the snorkel in St. Louis made me think a particular fire in which a snorkel would have come in handy. The core of Campbell House was once part of the original Boyd mansion that was located 100 feet in front of the present-day Weymouth Center. According to the St. Louis Globe Democrat, Pulitzer didn’t even bother getting dressed, and escaped “sans shirt, stockings, or anything else”. That is one really long and interesting article! Prior to demolition the company offered the house to anyone who could remove it from the property. The home has also displayed outdoor exhibitions, including the 2013 show by Canadian contemporary artist Harley Valentine, titled Barbarians at the Gate. Smoke alarms should be installed inside every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level. The St. Louis Globe Democrat reported in the days after the fire that at least twelve people died falling or throwing themselves from the hotel. 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As I started to dig into what happened on that horrible night 140 years ago, it became clear to me that the response of the St. Louis Fire Department was probably the only thing that went right. The Southern Hotel fire was a devastating event in the city’s history. Two days later, as many as 20,000 people lined the streets to pay their respects during Phelim O’Toole’s funeral cortege. But while climbing on, Hayden lost his footing as he attempted to step upon the top top rung. A member of the St. Louis Fire Department since 1872, O’Toole already had a reputation as one of the bravest men in the department. Here’s their go at it. As firefighters rushed into the hotel’s main entrance, they found the floors and ceilings on the verge of collapse. Campbell House is an 1822 heritage house and museum in downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada.It was built for Upper Canada Chief Justice Sir William Campbell and his wife Hannah.