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128-0051 Roanoke Firehouse No. 6

Roanoke Firehouse No. 6
Photo credit: Mike Pulice/DHR, 2021

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VLR Listing Date 04/17/1990

NRHP Listing Date 01/24/1991

NRHP Reference Number 90002162

This ingenious, if not amusing, architectural work contradicts the modernist tenet that form follows function. Firehouse No. 6 was built in 1911 to serve the growing Belmont neighborhood, and was one of the city’s first to be equipped with motorized fire engines. The design of this and three other firehouses provided by architect Homer M. Miller, was influenced by concern that new firehouses be compatible with the residential character of their respective neighborhoods. The firehouse thus was disguised to look like just another house on the block, even with a front porch. The only giveaways were the wide double doors and the wider width of the center bay to accommodate the fire trucks. The station served until 1979 when replaced by a modern station; it is now used as a neighborhood center.

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

Updated: October 15, 2021