07/24/09 302 W, 1 I - + 7 - 11 Hollins Street Fire Station

So far so good on the Great Historic House Hunt. Some 63 stations shot, including three retakes due to rain or, say, tour busses blocking the view. The latter at the Great Blacks in Wax museum, housed in an old North Avenue fire station1. Had a couple surprises, such as finding one on Liberty Heights Avenue (west side) that I couldn't find on North Liberty Street (downtown). Chance find, that one, though spying the three-story hose tower over the treetops helped. Less than a half-dozen remain to shoot, or reshoot. The city has about 72 active or retired engine houses over 50 years in age, and that includes salvage corps, volunteer stations, and an old airport station. Here's the list, which now needs updating.


This aggressive schedule hasn't allowed much time for inside tours. I’ve done exactly one, at 1908 Hollins Street. The quarters of Engine 14 and Medic 21 is one of the oldest in the city. Built in 1888, it was remodeled in 1902. The two stories are separated by a single, wrought-iron, spiral staircase. Plus four poles, all original. In the back, above the kitchen, is the old hayloft. Another set of stairs leads to the half-basement, and its original 1888 brick floor. Over the apparatus bay is an ornate tin roof. Upstairs, a hanging ceiling covers another tin roof. Four beds in an open dormitory; fifth bed in the engine company office. Plus a gong that still works, and that is still hand-wound. Learn more about the house at the Fort Hollins web site. Includes great old photos. Thanks to the station crew for the friendly tour.

1What are the old stations used for? BCFD storage. Private residences. BCFD fire museum. Churches. Community theater. Coffee shop. Union hall. Charity. Commercial. Great Blacks in Wax. Etcetera.

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