07/10/11 253 W, 15 I - + 2 - 3 Wilmington's Empie Park Fire Station Gets Demolished

Reader Matt White sends some photos of the demolition of Wilmington's Empie Park fire station, also known as Fire Station 2. The Star-News reported last year about plans to replace the 1965 structure with a facility better-suited to the bigger rigs of today. Then in October, a mold problem closed the fire station. It's been unoccupied since.

The two-bay station at 3403 Park Avenue will be replaced with a $2.4 million structure. The designer is Gage Architects of Wilmington, who has designed other city stations including the cSeagate Fire Station that opened in 2008. Google doesn't find any drawings of the new building, alas.

Notes Matt, the words "Mike was here" are spray painted on the inside of the bay door. Funny! Love the curves that well-represent the architecture of the 1960s. What's that, modernist design? And who gets to claim that vintage hose dryer? 

Fire stations are one of my favorite fire service research topics. They're pieces of history and infrastructure with very long service lives. They're often written about by newspapers. There are also public real estate records to help learn their history. And they stay around, even after removed from service.

Some years ago, Mr. Blogger researched Wilmington's historic and former fire stations. Recall that the Wilmington Fire Department was the state's largest at the turn of the prior century, as it was the largest city at the time. Read about those buildings. Then take a peek at Matt's great photos. Click to enlarge:

“Mike Was Here”...

The door came down on one of our ladder trucks during a sever thunderstorm one evening last year. The bottom row of glass was broken out. We already have pre-cut plywood for just such an occasion since this wasn’t the first time it’s happened. “Mike” was the driver.

Oh, we’re still waiting on the old house to come down…
Ryan - 07/11/11 - 10:54

It looks like there was never any “modernization” done to that fire station at all. From the pictures it looks like they could film a vintage movie there and not have to do any work at all to the set. Those kitchen cabinets and stove, WOW!
Drives A Ladder - 07/12/11 - 17:31

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