Seattle Fire Station #37

study of existing fire station results in decision to build new

Seattle Fire Station #37

Seattle, WA

This project was the study of a 1920s fire station still in use by the Seattle Fire Department in the High Point neighborhood of West Seattle.  While the existing historic building is architecturally significant, it was concluded that it is too small to accommodate modern firefighting equipment.  The structural study determined the building would require significant retrofitting to support the functions of a working fire station, which would undermine the building’s historic character.  City planners decided to relocate Station 37 several blocks north and build a new facility of comparable size which will meet all current seismic safety codes.  The existing structure received a Historic Landmark Designation and was sold to help fund future projects.

IMAGE CREDITS

Miller Hayashi Architects

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