07/04/06 429 W - + 13 - 10 Tell Me About Raleigh's Stations


I'm researching Raleigh fire stations built between 1959 and 1998, basically all stations with the same, single-story brick design. What can anyone tell me about the differences between Stations 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, and 21, as they were originally built? .

Here's a summary of the buildings:

Sta 7
2100 Glascock Street
4,584 square-feet
Opened 12/30/59
Dorm on left
Owen F. Smith architect
William C. Vick builder
Only station with watch room on same side as dorm. Also only station with separate officer's quarters

Sta 5
300 Oberlin Road
4,627 square-feet upstairs
Opened 9/26/61
Day room on left
Edwards & Lyons architect
Davidson & Jones builder
Only station with partial basement (?)

Old Sta 4
2913 Wake Forest Road
3,984 square-feet
Opened 4/12/63
Day room on left
? architect
? builder
Presently commercial office. Station closed 6/24/93

Sta 8
5001 Western Boulevard
4,275 square-feet upstairs
Opened after 2/14/63
Day room on left
James M. Edwards, Jr. architect
R. N. Rouse Company builder
Only station with full basement

Sta 9
4465 Six Forks Road
4,500 square-feet
Opened 2/14/63
Dorm on left
James M. Edwards, Jr. architect
R. N. Rouse Company builder

Sta 2
263 Pecan Street
4,600 square-feet
Opened 10/16/69
Day room on left
Smart, Woodall, and Associates architect
? builder

Sta 10
2711 Sanderford Road
4,327 square-feet
Opened 2/24/71
Dorm on left
McGree, Scovil, and Associates architect
Flythe Construction builder

Sta 11
2925 Glenridge Road
4,923 square-feet
Opened by 11/28/71
Day room on left
McGee, Scovil, and Rairden architect
Clemmer Construction builder

Sta 12
3409 Poole Road
4,189 square-feet
Opened 10/9/74
Day room on left
McGee, Scovil, and Rairden architect
Ray Sparrow Construction builder

Sta 14
4200 Lake Boone Trail
3,616 square-feet
Opened 10/9/74
Dorm on left
McGee, Scovil, and Rairden architect
Ray Sparrow Construction builder

Sta 15
1815 Spring Forest Road
5,664 square-feet
Opened 11/13/74
Dorm on left
McGee, Scovil, and Rairden architect
Summerlin Construction builder
Bay expanded in 1996 and rear doors added

Sta 16
5225 Leadmine Road
3,984 square-feet
Opened 2/9/79
Day room on left
McGee, Scovil, and Rairden architect
Micham Construction builder
First station with rear bay door. Bay expanded in 1988 and rear door removed

Sta 17
4601 Pleasant Valley Road
4,875 square-feet
Opened 4/9/84
Day room on left
William C. McGee, Jr. architect
Saieed Construction builder
First station with dormitory designed with partitions, versus added later

Sta 18
8200 Morgans Way
5,185 square-feet
Opened 3/16/87
Dorm on left
William C. McGee, Jr. architect
Clemmer Construction builder
First station designed with separate dormitory bathrooms

Sta 19
4209 Spring Forest Road
5,293 square-feet
Opened 5/11/88
Dorm on left
William C. McGee, Jr. architect
Hatcher Construction builder

Sta 20
1721 Trailwoods Drive
5,168 square-feet
Opened 1/20/89
Dorm on left
William C. McGee, Jr. architect
R. P. Construction builder

Sta 4
121 Northway Court
5,298 square-feet
Opened 6/24/93
Dorm on left
William C. McGee, Jr. architect
R. P. Construction builder
No driveway access for rear bay door

Sta 21
5621 Southall Road
5,225 square-feet
Opened 6/15/98
Dorm on left
William C. McGee, Jr. and Rairden Savage architect
Trout & Riggs Construction builder



I was once told that the builder of Sta.7 screwed up when they started construction. They started building on the wrong lot! The lot originally destined for Sta. 7 is actually across Glascock St. on the still vacant lot. The city decided to go ahead with construction and purchased the land it currently resides on.
guest - 07/04/06 - 19:20

Some additional comments, from oral histories I’ve recorded… With the hiring of the first female firefighters in 1978, subsequent stations had partitioned dormitories. Separate bathrooms, which started with Station 18, had their origins in ADA compliance as well as accomodating the ladies… The flip-flopping floorplans are likely explained by the limitations of the lots. Depending on where a driveway was allowed, there might be more room or less room on the right versus left side of the driveway. Thus the larger side of the station would be positioned accordingly.
Legeros - 07/04/06 - 23:43

As noted in the above list, Station 16 was the first of these stations equipped with a rear bay door. In later stations, maybe as early as Station 17 or Station 18, the bay that lacked a rear door was truncated, with the space used for interior (and exterior?) storage.
Legeros - 07/04/06 - 23:45

If you look back, even as far as the Chief’s Report to the City Council in 1956, the lot size for fire stations was very small for financial reasons. I think they had a plan to have 16 or 17 stations inside the beltline by the early 70’s. Then came city annexation, radios, and whole bunch of residents and growth. That changed everything. Some of the original location projections, by station number, were interesting for 1956, but unrealistic even by 1970.
Jon C - 07/10/06 - 03:32



  
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