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128-0033 Fire Station No. 1

Fire Station No. 1
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For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

VLR Listing Date 09/19/1972

NRHP Listing Date 05/07/1973

NPS property number 73002224

This 1908 Georgian Revival firehouse in the heart of downtown is a product of the early civic pride of the rapidly urbanized city of Roanoke. With a façade recalling early 18th-century English town halls, the building is a municipal ornament. It was designed by the prolific local architect H. H. Huggins, who gave the composition a pleasing accent with the handsome cupola. Inside, the building remains essentially unchanged, preserving its requisite brass sliding poles, although the structure now houses motorized fire engines rather than horse-drawn ones. The first floor has an elaborate pressed-metal ceiling. The upper level retains most of its early woodwork, including maple floors and pine trim. Still in use, the firehouse illustrates local continuity of fire-fighting facilities over the past eighty years.


Abbreviations:
VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark

Updated April 4, 2018