09/11/11 182 W, 1 I - + 7 - 4 Milwaukee Historic Firehouses

Let's take a late evening trip to Milwaukee, for a photo tour of three dozen historic and former firehouses. Meaning, any fire department facility 50 years or older, both active or retired. (Such as these...) The buildings were photographed earlier this week, after Yours Truly skipped his connecting flight out of Chicago, while Mrs. Blogger returned home from a family wedding. (Our engine house explorations are also context-free, at least for now. Might add some information about MFD at a later time.)

Nine of the structures are pre-1900, including one that served from 1866 to 1888. Quite a few are early 20th Century. One was a fireboat station, another was a high pressure pumping station. There's also a quartet of single-story, bungalow-style stations from the 1930s. One of those is old Station 23, which houses the museum of the Milwaukee Fire Historical Society. Big thanks to the historical society, for allowing a last-minute visit and helping to confirm a few more station locations.

View the historic fire department buildings. Or look inside the Milwaukee Fire Museum.

Great pictures. Boy did cities used to know how to build some beautiful firehouses. Most these days look lame, while the old ones look full of character.
Mike - 09/12/11 - 13:31

Rescue 3’s house is super – http://www.flickr.com/photos/legeros/613...

Thanks for posting all of these Mike. They’re great – it’s nice to see old big city houses still in service, similar to DC and Baltimore).

Trevor James (Email) (Web Site) - 09/12/11 - 20:04

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