Reporting from the road, where Yours Truly has been exploring the Gateway City since about 9:30 a.m. Minus time with the Missus and her family, met on the riverfront for a couple hours. There’s really no better way to see a city than to leap from engine house to engine house. Or, in my case, every engine house older than 50 years of age. That totals 36 such structures, both active and retired, and all of them two-story buildings of brick, stone, or stucco.
Found 29 today, including three below, left to right: Old Station 28 (built 1961), now the residence of a retired firefighter, I’m told; Station 2 (built 1929), part of a complex that includes the city garage, the fire department shops, and the old training tower; Station 35 (built 1895), one of two active stations built that year. There’s a bit of rivalry between Station 35 and Station 36, regarding which was occupied before the other.
In addition to engine houses, St. Louis presents blocks upon blocks of interesting residential, commercial, and industrial buildings. So much variety in age, condition, construction, and style. Who needs the great outdoors when you can explore a great city? Explorations continue tomorrow, with a half-dozen fire stations still to find. Do you suppose Homeland Security issues cautionary warnings about photographers wearing floral prints around public safety facilities? Click to enlarge:
Who is the rivalry between? “There’s a bit of rivalry between Station 35 and Station 35, regarding which was occupied before the other.”
stretch - 06/15/09 - 20:31
Let’s try that again. Station 34 and Station 35, both built in 1895.
Legeros - 06/16/09 - 08:40
I wish we had more historic houses around here. There is just something about a firehouse that has years and years of history in it that makes it an almost mysterious place.
H2O - 06/16/09 - 11:45