Station 15, circa 1910

Station 15 firemen playing instruments and pool in the living quarters, circa 1910. Station 15 was located at 590 Spring Street which later became 1920 SW Spring Street. The station still operates from this location.


City of Portland (OR) Archives, Station 15 firemen playing instruments and pool in the living quarters, A2001-083, circa 1910.


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11 thoughts on “Station 15, circa 1910

  1. The current Spring Street Fire Station (across the street from Vista Spring Cafe) appears to be a design built well after 1910.

    As a related item, a street car line reached SW Spring via a long tressle that began near SW Jefferson and ran up the steep canyon to Spring Street. The first cars were cable cars from SF. A later electrified generation made it possible to have the line extended past the Fire Stations front door, terminating at the west end of SW Spring in front of Ainsworth Elementary School built in 1912. This line was no longer needed once the Vista Avenue Viaduct bridge was built enabling the street car to use the street right of way.

    My grandfather had a mandolin nearly identical to the one being played by the firemanclosest to the photographer. It was a commemorative edition from the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair with a beveled barrel bottom.

  2. Thank you for this post of the exterior. Both are wonderful images. I would call the architecture as Spanish/Mission Revival. The lookout towers are very neat. The house to the right adjacent to Vista Avenue is still there.

  3. the fire station was rebuilt in the 20s in a ‘bungalow’ style (it sorta matched the house next door, which was the chief’s house) and was heavily modified in the 50s and i believe again in the 80s.

    the first cable car stopped at a turntable to the east of the station, at 18th; it was moved down towards the school after a few cars got loose while turning them around, and went downhill. plus, it put the stop right at cable park, a long-forgotten amusement area with a zoo, a bandstand, and seating area for 5000…

    that pool table is awful – legs must weigh as much as a fireman, and you’d keep banging in to them while trying to play!

  4. Anyone know the architect for the original 1907 Fire Station? Who ever it was possibly commissioned by the City to design other fire stations. Among the possibilities from this 1907 era were: A.E. Doyle, Edgar Lazarus, Joseph Jaccoberger, W. C. Knighton, Emil Schacht, Whidden and Lewis. All designed fine home homes in Portland Heights. Or, possibly F.A. Narramore who designed Ainsworth Elementary in 1914. Most stations which followed in later years – into the teens and 20’s were made of brick; often clinker brick.

  5. bob, i can’t imagine any of those folks doing something as plebian as a firehouse, but you never know (maybe early in career, or if the neighborhood demanded something spiffy). any contracts or blueprints should name the architect; the fire department archives – like those of the water dept. and the power company – are on my long list of sources to look into on that magical day when i have time… finally i have time! (said in burgess meredith voice, of course).

  6. Looks like a 1890’s era Brunswick pool Table. As a kid I played on one at a private residence on Puget Island. The cat was probably was the company mascot and chief mouser.

  7. I love this photo! I wanna hang out with those guys! I wonder what they’re playing? This is my new desktop background. 🙂

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