Fire Station 18, circa 1925

Bungalow Fire Station 18, located at 2200 NE 24th Ave, circa 1925. Bungalow stations were designed to blend into neighborhoods; the fire engine was parked behind the windows and planter boxes on the right side of the image. This style station was designed by our own Battalion Chief (later Fire Chief) Lee Holden.


Bungalow Fire-Station, circa 1925: A2004-002.68

Bungalow Fire-Station, circa 1925: A2004-002.68


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18 thoughts on “Fire Station 18, circa 1925

  1. Great, I had not heard of bungalow fire stations and wonder if present residents know of this history of their home.

  2. When did it stop being a fire station? I’m dusting off my memory from when I lived in Irvington in the 60s. So far can’t remember.

  3. The Oregon Stamp Society at 4828 NE 33rd Ave is another one of these that was decommissioned and then in Lents at 5707 SE 92nd Avenue there is another fire station that originally is very similar in design and has undergone extensive remodeling. The Oregon Stamp building is rented to other groups for meetings and small receptions. I believe it has a basement.

  4. Considering the two vehicles parked out in front, I’d be curious to know if RIDE Connection @ 503-226-0700 might know.
    I’d also be curious to know how long they’ve occupied that location…and why THAT particular building! Sometimes people will do a little research on an older home or business location they are presently occupying because of curiosity…history…location…or some simple trivia that might be involved…it’s just a thought.
    At least, knowing now that it was originally a “bungalow fire station”, helps to explain the flag pole. I remember seeing it when I lived in the Irvington area in the late 70’s/early 80’s and kinda wondered about it. Not that it isn’t unusual for someone to have a flag pole out in their front year, but, it just kinda stuck out, so-to-speak! It also helps explain the driveway! I remember thinking that it was kinda cool…and nicely done. πŸ™‚

  5. Oops…that’s front “yard”…not “year”…front yard!
    Oh…that’s different…never mind!

  6. From “Portland City Walks” by Laura O. Foster:
    In 1912, homeowners on this block were not pleased by plans for a fire station in their midst. To appease them, the station at 2200 (NE 24th Ave.) was made to look like a bungalow, complete with flower boxes and a front yard fountain. The firehouse was retired in 1964 and now houses Project Linkage, a program in which employees and volunteers help older adults remain independent by providing assistance with driving, shopping, yard work, and home repairs.

  7. There is also a photo of the station, apparently from when it was new, on page 63. The caption states that this was the city’s first bungalow fire station.

  8. Does anybody know how the wall opened up to let the truck out? the planter box looks like it has real plants, and the windows have shades???

  9. In the earlier photo from the Portland City Walks book it appears that there are two doors(a right and left) that meet in between the windows. They must hinge on the outside edge of those windows.

  10. Earlier Irvington residents were well known for insisting that new construction and infrastructure blended in with the community at large. In addition to this firehouse, they were resistant to apartments, duplexes and quadruplexes, but accepted them as long as they resembled single family homes. You can still see numerous examples throughout the neighborhood. In fact, there is one such quadruplex just off Broadway at NE Schuyler & 15th (kitty corner to the Gustav Freiwald B&B).

    Current residents have learned to defend the community ambiance based on the example these early occupants and from lessons from the recent past when there was wholesale razing of historic homes for the raising of cookie cutter “Empress Court” style apartment buildings.

  11. I am impressed that the city of Portland was so responsive to neighborhood concerns. Modern day Portland could take a lesson from Portland 1925.

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