11/06/14 194 W, 1 I - + 6 - 8 Face Lift for Wake Forest Station 5

Lee Wilson yesterday photographed the old Falls fire station which is now Wake Forest Station 5. The building has had a facelift with an attractive stone exterior added on the front. Originally the Falls Community Center, the one-story wooden building was erected in 1960. It faced Falls of Neuse Road and housed the formed Falls Fire Department after they organized in 1970. What was the building's original footprint and configuration? Good question! Let's look to readers.

On July 25, 2011, the Falls Fire Department merged with the Wake Forest Fire Department. The Falls station became Wake Forest Station 5. Here's a prior blog posting about that. Also that year, Falls of Neuse Road was realigned to meet New Falls of Neuse Road at a newly opened bridge over the Neuse River. See blog posting. The old section of Falls of Neuse Road in front of the fire station was renamed Holmes Hollow Road. The fire station has the same numbers are before, 11908. 

Though the stone work is complete, the new signage hasn't been added to the building yet. We'll keep an eye out. See more photos from Lee

Lee Wilson photo

The original footprint of the building was the white portion you can see in the above photo on the delta side. It contained a hall, bathrooms, and a small kitchen. The bays were added on by the fire department who did the work primarily themselves. The first bay was eventually converted into offices (the two windows on the A/D side of the front), and another bay was added to rear of the building. A boat house was erected on the C side of the property in the early 2000’s. The Falls Community has long leased the building to the Falls Fire Department and now the Wake Forest Fire Department.

On a side note, the stone looks great. Nice upgrade by the Wake Forest Fire Dept.
Graney - 11/06/14 - 11:15

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