02/16/10 170 W, 1 I - + 10 - 3 Capital Hose House

As referenced in recent comments, Raleigh's Capital Hose House is the oldest fire department structure still standing. It's also the only one from Raleigh's vollie days. The building at 117 W. Morgan Street was built in 1887. That's when the city's water system was completed. The Capital Hose Company ran a hand reel out of the building. There was a single bay on the right side, as facing the structure. Upstairs was a fireman's hall. The first floor also housed the office of the water company.

The hose company moved across the street to 112 W. Morgan Street in 1890. That station was razed in 1896, when the Headquarters Fire Station was completed on the site. By that time, the Capital Hose Company was horse-drawn. They operated until the creation of the paid department in 1912. The historic building is presently an office. The adjoining water tower is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This photograph was taken a few years ago. Read more about Raleigh's historic fire department buildings.

And here’s a quick chart that explains the city’s volunteer history: http://legeros.com/ralwake/raleigh/histo..
Legeros - 02/16/10 - 22:07

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