Durham Fire Department

Durham Fire Department


The Durham Fire Department was established in ~1890 with the "Golden Belt Hose Company." The first station was located at Holloway and North Mangum Streets, in the core of downtown. Today, there are roughly a gazillion stations.

The Durham Fire Department was established in ~1890 with the "Golden Belt Hose Company." The first station was located at Holloway and North Mangum Streets, in the core of downtown.

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FIRE STATION #1 (FIRST)

212
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Durham
NC
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Built in
1891
/ Demolished in
1924
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  • Submitted by Charlotte Smith on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 - 10:26pm

    I remember well station No. 3 on East Main St., as my cousin Jube Evans was a number of years was a driver. I fondly remember going to the fire station when I was a small child and having lunch with the firemen and we always had tomato soup, also, in the back of the station Jube had a "gold fish" pond (or whatever it was called). Also, remember the Greek family, Dennos) who lived next door. Really great memories.

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  • Mon, 06/25/2012 - 8:39pm by gary

Location

35° 59' 45.0456" N, 78° 53' 58.8516" W

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212
,
Durham
NC
Cross street: 
Built in
1891
/ Demolished in
1924
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The home of the "Golden Belt Hose Company", a primarily volunteer firefighting squad, was constructed at the intersection of Holloway and Mangum Streets in 1891 on land adjacent to the E.J. Parrish tobacco warehouse. It was designed by Samuel L. Leary, had an electric alarm system, and an 829 pound bell in its tower, cast in Baltimore. 


Fire Station #1, probably around 1900.
(Courtesy University of North Carolina Library)


Fire Chief Dennis Christian in front of the Fire Station.
(Courtesy Duke RMBC - Wyatt Dixon Collection)

By the 1910s, the Mangum St. side of the building had been remodeled with large doorways to allow motorized trucks to move in and out of the station.


Above, the Italianate Fire Station around 1910, and Company #1 demonstrating their motorized equipment, which was replacing horse-drawn equipment that was not fully phased out until 1918.
(Courtesy Durham County Library)

Above, the Sanborn map from 1893, showing the fire department at the intersection of Mangum and Holloway. (spelled "Hollaway" here)

Below, an earlier view, from around 1905, looking east from the newly constructed Trust Building. Parrish St. is to the left, and the towers of First Baptist Church, Fire Station #1 (with its weathervane and windsock), and Trinity Methodist Church in the background. The Parrish warehouse is the low brick structure to the right of the Fire station (it looks a bit strange - I think two pictures were imperfectly spliced.)

(Courtesy Duke Archives)


The fire company in 1922. Commercial structures along Holloway to the left and the back of commercial structures facing Parrish St. are to the right.
(Courtesy Durham County Library)

Below, a view from the same era, showing the Rogers Drug Co. and First Baptist Church.

In 1924, the original fire station was torn down, and a new one designed by Milburan and Heister was constructed on the same spot.


Milburn and Heister rendering of the new station.
(Courtesy Duke Rare Book and Manuscript Collection - Wyatt Dixon Collection)

Below, the view looking northwest over the buildings on Parrish St., with the First Baptist Church on the left. The foundation and first-floor walls are in place of the new building.


(Courtesy Duke Archives)

The new fire station bore some resemblance to the original, but reflected a more typical 1920s appearance, with Craftsman-style elements such as exposed rafter tails as well as multipane windows and doors. The doors were still side-hinged (swinging outward).

(Courtesy Durham County Library)

By 1960, the doors had been replaced with roll-up rather than swing-out doors.

(Courtesy Durham County Library)


Fire engine exiting station #1, looking north, 09.20.54
(Courtesy the Herald-Sun Newspaper)

Below, an aerial view from the early 1960s showing Fire Station #1 in context.

By 1964, a new fire station #1 was built at Cleveland and Morgan Sts. and this fire station was left empty. It was purchased and converted into offices in 1969 by Gerard Tempest, who had earlier built The Villa in Chapel Hill out of parts of Harwood Hall and Four Acres.


The old station under renovation, 02.14.69
(Courtesy Herald-Sun)

Which it remained through the later decades of the 20th century.


Former fire station #1, 1980s.
(Courtesy Durham County Library)

This is another Greenfire property, in the midst of renovation during 2007-2008 in conjunction with 107 East Parrish St. and the Rogers drugstore.


Looking east, 2007.

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Fire Station #2 was built in the midst of the later Liggett and Myers (then American Tobacco) factory buildings on West Main Street in 1902

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FIRE STATION #2

612
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Durham
NC
Built in
1902
/ Demolished in
1951
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  • Submitted by Charlotte Smith on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 - 10:26pm

    I remember well station No. 3 on East Main St., as my cousin Jube Evans was a number of years was a driver. I fondly remember going to the fire station when I was a small child and having lunch with the firemen and we always had tomato soup, also, in the back of the station Jube had a "gold fish" pond (or whatever it was called). Also, remember the Greek family, Dennos) who lived next door. Really great memories.

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  • Tue, 06/26/2012 - 7:13pm by gary

Location

35° 59' 55.4532" N, 78° 54' 24.534" W

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612
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Durham
NC
Built in
1902
/ Demolished in
1951
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The original Fire Station #2 was constructed on the north side of West Main Street, across from the W. Duke & Sons cigarette factory between 1888 and 1893. The original building was a frame structure with a reservoir at the rear of the building. The building was located on Duke Co. land through a lease arrangement with the company, wherein the tobacco company built the structure. The Independent Hose Company #2, a group of volunteer firefighters who owned their own equipment (except for the hoses, which the city owned) manned the station, and Duke company provided 0 per month to feed the horses. The city agreed to buy a new truck and two horses, and employ a driver.

When the volunteer company was disbanded, Captain Bradsher of the fire department formed Hose Company #2, outfitted with new city-owned equipment, except for two horses (Frank and Ben) 'transferred' from the African-American hook and ladder company to company #2.

By 1902, the frame building was considered outmoded, and a new structure was commissioned. It was built in 1902-3, opening on August 3 , 1903; W. Duke and Sons contributed 00 to its construction. It was designed by Charlotte architects Hook and Sawyer, who designed multiple early Durham structures. The station was the second brick fire station constructed, after the original fire station at N. Mangum and Holloway Sts.


Hook and Sawyer rendering of the fire station, 1902

The company posing in front of the building, 1910
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(Courtesy Durham County Library)

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Fire Station, ~1920s.
(Courtesy Durham County Library)


Fire Station #2 between the Cobb and O'Brien Warehouses, 1910s. This is one of the few pictures showing the Cobb warehouse prior to the addition of three upper floors to the building.
(Courtesy Durham County Library)

This view from the 1930s show the fire station tucked between the two warehouses located on the north side of Main street.

(Courtesy Durham County Library)

Here it can be seen, obliquely, at ground level during shift change at Liggett and Myers.
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(Courtesy Durham County Library)

And it was still standing post-1948, when the New Cigarette Factory was built (i.e. big blocky black-striped building).

(Courtesy Duke Archives)

Fire Station/Company 2 was relocated to a new station on Ninth Street in 1951, where it remains. The land, per the original lease agreement, reverted to the tobacco company.


Above, Fire Station #2 in 1951, as the company prepares to move to 9th St.
(Courtesy Barry Norman)


After the move to Ninth Street, 1951.
(Courtesy The Herald-Sun)

The building was torn down sometime soon thereafter, and the site became an empty courtyard between Liggett Buildings.

Here is the site prior to West Village phase 2 renovations, 2006.
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And after renovations, 2008


Looking northwest, 05.25.08

I can understand why Liggett would have removed the fire station to have better access between their warehouse buildings, but what a shame - I love the similarities and contrast between the mission style fire station and the industrial Italianate warehouses around it.

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And in 1911, Fire Station #3 followed on the east side of downtown, at South Elizabeth and East Main

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FIRE STATION NO. 3 (ORIGINAL)

527
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Durham
NC
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  • Submitted by Charlotte Smith on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 - 10:26pm

    I remember well station No. 3 on East Main St., as my cousin Jube Evans was a number of years was a driver. I fondly remember going to the fire station when I was a small child and having lunch with the firemen and we always had tomato soup, also, in the back of the station Jube had a "gold fish" pond (or whatever it was called). Also, remember the Greek family, Dennos) who lived next door. Really great memories.

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  • Thu, 07/14/2011 - 7:44am by gary

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United States
35° 59' 28.9464" N, 78° 53' 38.472" W
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527
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Durham
NC
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Built in
1911
/ Demolished in
1970s
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Looking north, 1910s.
(Courtesy Durham County Library)

The last of the 'original' fire stations downtown, fire station no. 3 was constructed in 1911, housing a steamer engine and a hose wagon. The 500 block of East Main St. (between Dillard and Elizabeth streets) was constructed as a wide, divided street with a median - but only for one block. The fire station was constructed at the point the street narrowed back to 2, undivided lanes, moving east, at the Elizabeth St. intersection.


Sanborn map of the station and surrounding area, 1913.
(Copyright Sanborn Map Co.)


Looking north, 1920.
(Courtesy Durham County Library)


Looking north, 1930s?
(Courtesy Durham County Library)

The divided portion of the street was narrowed sometime in the late 1910s or early 1920s, and the reclaimed road was accorded to the property on the north side of the street. Houses and an apartment building were built along the new frontage.


Fire Company #3, 1950s
(Courtesy The Herald-Sun)

In April 1953, the station was moved eastward to South Driver and East Main Sts.By 1962, the building was being used as "Hurley's Garage."


527 East Main, the old fire station building.
(Courtesy Durham County Library)


Fire Station 3, ~1969
(Courtesy Durham County Library)

Around 1969, the former fire station was torn down by the city using urban renewal funds. The land became part of the Oldham Towers / Liberty St. Apartments public housing complex, which it still is today. Fire station no. 3 is now located on Miami Blvd.


Looking northwest, 2007.

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Durham would rely on these three fire stations until the mid-1920s.

In 1924, Fire Station # 1 was replaced with a new, Milburn and Heister-designed structure that was similar in style to the original.

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FIRE STATION #1 (SECOND)

212
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Durham
NC
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Built in
1924
/ Modified in
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  • Submitted by Charlotte Smith on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 - 10:26pm

    I remember well station No. 3 on East Main St., as my cousin Jube Evans was a number of years was a driver. I fondly remember going to the fire station when I was a small child and having lunch with the firemen and we always had tomato soup, also, in the back of the station Jube had a "gold fish" pond (or whatever it was called). Also, remember the Greek family, Dennos) who lived next door. Really great memories.

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  • Mon, 06/25/2012 - 3:09pm by gary

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35° 59' 45.0456" N, 78° 53' 58.8516" W
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212
,
Durham
NC
Cross street: 
Built in
1924
/ Modified in
1969
,
2008
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The home of the "Golden Belt Hose Company", a primarily volunteer firefighting squad, was constructed at the intersection of Holloway and Mangum Streets between 1888 and 1893, likely in 1890, on land adjacent to the E.J. Parrish tobacco warehouse.


Fire Station #1, probably around 1900.
(Courtesy University of North Carolina Library)


Fire Chief Dennis Christian in front of the Fire Station.
(Courtesy Duke RMBC - Wyatt Dixon Collection)

By the 1910s, the Mangum St. side of the building had been remodeled with large doorways to allow motorized trucks to move in and out of the station.


Above, the Italianate Fire Station around 1910, and Company #1 demonstrating their motorized equipment, which was replacing horse-drawn equipment that was not fully phased out until 1918.
(Courtesy Durham County Library)

Above, the Sanborn map from 1893, showing the fire department at the intersection of Mangum and Holloway. (spelled "Hollaway" here)

Below, an earlier view, from around 1905, looking east from the newly constructed Trust Building. Parrish St. is to the left, and the towers of First Baptist Church, Fire Station #1 (with its weathervane and windsock), and Trinity Methodist Church in the background. The Parrish warehouse is the low brick structure to the right of the Fire station (it looks a bit strange - I think two pictures were imperfectly spliced.)

(Courtesy Duke Archives)


The fire company in 1922. Commercial structures along Holloway to the left and the back of commercial structures facing Parrish St. are to the right.
(Courtesy Durham County Library)

Below, a view from the same era, showing the Rogers Drug Co. and First Baptist Church.

In 1924, the original fire station was torn down, and a new one designed by Milburan and Heister was constructed on the same spot.


Milburn and Heister rendering of the new station.
(Courtesy Duke Rare Book and Manuscript Collection - Wyatt Dixon Collection)

Below, the view looking northwest over the buildings on Parrish St., with the First Baptist Church on the left. The foundation and first-floor walls are in place of the new building.


(Courtesy Duke Archives)

The new fire station bore some resemblance to the original, but reflected a more typical 1920s appearance, with Craftsman-style elements such as exposed rafter tails as well as multipane windows and doors. The doors were still side-hinged (swinging outward).

(Courtesy Durham County Library)

By 1960, the doors had been replaced with roll-up rather than swing-out doors.

(Courtesy Durham County Library)


Fire engine exiting station #1, looking north, 09.20.54
(Courtesy the Herald-Sun Newspaper)

Below, an aerial view from the early 1960s showing Fire Station #1 in context.

By 1964, a new fire station #1 was built at Cleveland and Morgan Sts. and this fire station was left empty. It was purchased and converted into offices in 1969 by Gerard Tempest, who had earlier built The Villa in Chapel Hill out of parts of Harwood Hall and Four Acres.


The old station under renovation, 02.14.69
(Courtesy Herald-Sun)

Which it remained through the later decades of the 20th century.


Former fire station #1, 1980s.
(Courtesy Durham County Library)

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2006
This is another Greenfire property, in the midst of renovation during 2007-2008 in conjunction with 107 East Parrish St. and the Rogers drugstore.


Looking east, 2007.

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07.24.08

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10.30.11

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And for the first time in 15 years, the number of stations would expand in 1926 with the construction of Station 4 on McMannen Street (later South Mangum Street,) serving the burgeoning neighborhoods south of downtown.

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FIRE STATION #4 (MCMANNEN STREET)

619
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Durham
NC
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  • Submitted by Charlotte Smith on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 - 10:26pm

    I remember well station No. 3 on East Main St., as my cousin Jube Evans was a number of years was a driver. I fondly remember going to the fire station when I was a small child and having lunch with the firemen and we always had tomato soup, also, in the back of the station Jube had a "gold fish" pond (or whatever it was called). Also, remember the Greek family, Dennos) who lived next door. Really great memories.

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  • Sun, 07/31/2011 - 5:50pm by gary

Location

35° 59' 20.0292" N, 78° 54' 12.366" W

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619
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Durham
NC
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(Courtesy Durham Fire Department)

Fire Station #4 was constructed in 1926 on the northeast corner of McMannen St (later South Mangum) and Cobb St. at a cost of ,350.


Sanborn Map, 1950, showing the fire station on the northeast corner of Cobb and McMannen.


Fire Station #4, 1950s
(Courtesy The Herald-Sun)

It served the southern portion of Durham until October 1958, when the company moved to a new station 4 that had been built at 1801 Fayetteville St., across from North Carolina Central University.

It appearts that the former station was demolished prior to urban renewal. The surrounding neighborhood was, however, demolished by the urban renewal program in the late 1960s/early 1970s, and Cobb Street was eliminated east of Duke Street.


Looking west across the 619 South Mangum St. lot towards the west side of the street, 1973.

The site of the former station is an amorphous spot amidst the strange land uses south of the Freeway and north of Lakewood Avenue.


Looking northeast at the former northeast corner of Cobb St. and South Mangum St., 08.21.08. The traffic light is the present intersection of Morehead and South Mangum St., and the jail is visible in the distance.

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In 1950, the original Fire Station #2 was demolished, and a new Station 2 was built significantly farther west, in the core of West Durham on Ninth Street.

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FIRE STATION #2 (NINTH STREET)

1001
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Durham
NC
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  • Submitted by Charlotte Smith on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 - 10:26pm

    I remember well station No. 3 on East Main St., as my cousin Jube Evans was a number of years was a driver. I fondly remember going to the fire station when I was a small child and having lunch with the firemen and we always had tomato soup, also, in the back of the station Jube had a "gold fish" pond (or whatever it was called). Also, remember the Greek family, Dennos) who lived next door. Really great memories.

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  • Tue, 08/23/2011 - 6:00pm by gary

Location

36° 0' 51.48" N, 78° 55' 19.74" W

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1001
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Durham
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By the 1950s, the growth of population westward, the envelopment of West Durham into the City of Durham, and the scaling of fire equipment necessitated a new fire station for Company #2, which had been located amongst the Liggett Warehouses on West Main St. since 1906

The Ninth Street property was purchased by the City from the heirs of Mrs. Ida Couch for about ,000.

The City moved the station further out to get faster response times to fires in the residential areas and nearby schools and hospitals in West Durham. The colonial-designed fire station was built for 5,000 and was described as "one of the most modern fire stations in the South."


During Construction.
(Courtesy Barry Norman)

The station was formally dedicated on September 28, 1950 by Fire Chief Cosmo Cox.


Completed Fire Station #2, 1950.
(Courtesy Barry Norman)


Completed Fire Station #2, 1950.
(Courtesy The Herald-Sun)

The station is the oldest fire station still in operation (the oldest fire station in Durham is the former Fire Station #1 at N. Mangum and City Hall Place (Holloway).)


Fire Station #2, 04.12.09

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In 1957, Company 3 would move eastward on East Main Street to the core of East Durham, at East Main and South Driver.

 

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102 SOUTH DRIVER / FIRE STATION #3 (SECOND)

102
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Durham
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  • Submitted by Charlotte Smith on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 - 10:26pm

    I remember well station No. 3 on East Main St., as my cousin Jube Evans was a number of years was a driver. I fondly remember going to the fire station when I was a small child and having lunch with the firemen and we always had tomato soup, also, in the back of the station Jube had a "gold fish" pond (or whatever it was called). Also, remember the Greek family, Dennos) who lived next door. Really great memories.

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  • Tue, 08/23/2011 - 6:09pm by gary

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35° 59' 8.3112" N, 78° 52' 39.9072" W

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102
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Durham
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Aerial of 103 South Driver, early 1950s.
(Courtesy The Herald-Sun Newspaper)

The southeast corner of East Main and South Driver Sts., 103 South Driver (yes, the odd and even numbers switch sides of the street on South Driver vs. North Driver) was the site of an Victorian frame structure from the early 20th century until the mid 1950s.

In 1957, the Durham Fire Department supplanted the original Fire Station #3 at East Main and Elizabeth Streets with a new Station #3 at this location.


Second Fire Station #3 under construction, 06.24.55
(Courtesy The Herald-Sun Newspaper)


Second Fire Station #3 under construction, 10.09.55
(Courtesy The Herald-Sun Newspaper)

This remained the fire station that served East Durham for the next 40 years.

In 1998, this Fire Station #3, and Engine #3 moved to 822 North Miami Blvd. The building at 103 S. Driver was taken over by the Public Works division of the City of Durham. Neighbors say they were saddened by the move at the time, as the persistent presence of the firefighters helped to stabilize the area during the 1990s.


103 South Driver, 10.02.10

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35.985642,-78.877752

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And in that same year, Station 4 would relocated to Pekoe and Fayetteville

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FIRE STATION #4 - FAYETTEVILLE ST.

2010
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Durham
NC
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  • Submitted by Charlotte Smith on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 - 10:26pm

    I remember well station No. 3 on East Main St., as my cousin Jube Evans was a number of years was a driver. I fondly remember going to the fire station when I was a small child and having lunch with the firemen and we always had tomato soup, also, in the back of the station Jube had a "gold fish" pond (or whatever it was called). Also, remember the Greek family, Dennos) who lived next door. Really great memories.

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  • Wed, 01/02/2013 - 2:46pm by gary

Location

35° 58' 25.4136" N, 78° 54' 5.0508" W

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2010
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NC
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A new Fire Station #4 was built in 1958, and the station on McMannen St. was closed. This station was built contemporaneously with Fire Station #5 on Chapel Hill Road, and originally the two stations were nearly identical.


Fire Station #4 under construction, 06.21.57
(Courtesy Herald-Sun)


Fire station #4 near completion, 1957
(Courtesy Durham Fire Department)

The station was staffed by an entirely African-American crew - the first African-American firefighters in Durham since the volunteer Excelsior Fire Company of the 1900s.

In 1999, this station closed, and the fire company moved to Riddle Road. The building was taken over by North Carolina Central University, which remodeled the building to house their campus police.

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35.973726,-78.901403

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In 1960, the number of stations would expand again with the addition of Station 5 on Chapel Hill Road, in the Lakewood Park neighborhood

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FIRE STATION #5

2212
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Durham
NC
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  • Submitted by Charlotte Smith on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 - 10:26pm

    I remember well station No. 3 on East Main St., as my cousin Jube Evans was a number of years was a driver. I fondly remember going to the fire station when I was a small child and having lunch with the firemen and we always had tomato soup, also, in the back of the station Jube had a "gold fish" pond (or whatever it was called). Also, remember the Greek family, Dennos) who lived next door. Really great memories.

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  • Mon, 06/25/2012 - 10:22pm by gary

Location

35° 59' 0.6792" N, 78° 55' 51.2904" W

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2212
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Durham
NC
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When Fire Station #5 opened in Lakewood in 1960, it was the first expansion of the number of fire stations in Durham since 1926, when station #4 had opened on McMannen St. Station #4 had been replaced in 1957 by a new station #4 on Fayetteville St., which appears to have been identical to Station 5.

The station displaced an earlier house on the corner of Ward St. and Chapel Hill Rd., for which I don't have a picture.


Aerial shot of Chapel Hill Road, 1959, showing the beginnings of construction of the fire station (at the intersection closest to the top of the picture.)


A brand new Fire Station #5, 07.14.60
(Courtesy The Herald-Sun Newspaper)


Fire Station #5, 05.07.64
(Courtesy The Herald-Sun Newspaper)

The station cost ,000 to build, and when Durham made the rather strange move to a unified 'Public Safety Officer' rather than separate police and fire departments in the early 1970s, Station 5 was the first to make the switch. The city reverted to separate police and fire departments in 1985.

Station 5 remains in operation, and I think it is the oldest station still in its original building.

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In 1964, Company 1 moved to a new Fire Station #1, although the 1924 station was not demolished - this 1964 station remains its home today.

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FIRE STATION #1 (THIRD)

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  • Submitted by Charlotte Smith on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 - 10:26pm

    I remember well station No. 3 on East Main St., as my cousin Jube Evans was a number of years was a driver. I fondly remember going to the fire station when I was a small child and having lunch with the firemen and we always had tomato soup, also, in the back of the station Jube had a "gold fish" pond (or whatever it was called). Also, remember the Greek family, Dennos) who lived next door. Really great memories.

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  • Thu, 06/28/2012 - 12:57pm by gary

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1960s (Courtesy Ralph Rogers)

The third iteration of Fire Station #1 was part of an urban renewal project that demolished part of the formerly exclusive Cleveland Street neighborhood north of downtown.

The 500 block of Cleveland St. was, by the early 20th century, filled with large Victorian houses, constituting part of the first wave of fashionable houses of the well-to-do built along Mangum and Cleveland Sts., just to the north of downtown.

By mid-century, these early neighborhoods had seen significant transition due to commercial growth of downtown and outmigration of the wealthy. Many were transformed into rooming houses / apartments, and some were torn down for commercial uses.


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(Photo Courtesy Durham County Library)

In 1961, the remaining houses on the west side of the 500 block of Cleveland St. were demolished to make way for the extension of Morgan Street east from N. Mangum St. to Holloway St.


"Destruction of Houses for Morgan Street, 07.24.61"


"Destruction of Houses for Morgan Street, 07.24.61"

In 1964, the new Fire Station #1 was constructed on the remaining chunk of this block face, when the Fire Department abandoned the original station location on North Mangum St.

 

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The grand plan for the city government center; fire station in the background.

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To give you a sense of the times and the divisions in Durham in the late 1960s, this was a George Wallace rally at the police station, 1968.  In less political, architectural analysis, you can get a sense for how the police station and Fire Station #1 were supposed to interact with one another in a modern interpretation of a classical forum. 

Former 500 block of Cleveland St., looking southwest, 2006.

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I remember well station No. 3 on East Main St., as my cousin Jube Evans was a number of years was a driver. I fondly remember going to the fire station when I was a small child and having lunch with the firemen and we always had tomato soup, also, in the back of the station Jube had a "gold fish" pond (or whatever it was called). Also, remember the Greek family, Dennos) who lived next door. Really great memories.