11/07/12 120 W, 2 I - + 6 - 3 Memorial Auditorium as Drill Tower?


Did you know that Memorial Auditorium was designed as a drill tower? The performing arts center, which opened in 1932, was constructed with a two-bay fire station beneath the stage in the rear of the building. The exterior of the building above the fire station was designed as a drill tower. The fire department's existing drill tower at Station 1 on West Morgan Street might been unusable by that time. It was condemned in the 1930s and demolished in 1938. The dedicated training tower on South Wilmington Street wasn't built until 1954. Here are a couple photos from 1954, showing training at Memorial Auditorium. These were scanned from prints in the files of Public Affairs. Click to slightly enlarge:
 







  
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