Fire Station #5

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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 $90,000 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.



nice... it looked much better with the all-glass garage doors though!

Still in its original station yes, but not the oldest station running. Station 2 would take that prize opening in 1951.

Still in its original station yes, but not the oldest station running. Station 2 would take that prize opening in 1951.

i'm not a mid century modern guy myself, but you have to admit the font and aluminum letters on that thing are sweet!

also, gary, thanks for the aerial foto -- proof that the wisteria jungle between my house and the neighbors' was not always there. we're working on it :)

sean (2407 ch rd)


I love the font/letters - FS4 on Fayettville (now thoroughly remuddled as the NCCU campus police station) had the same ones.

I think I saw you attacking the jungle this weekend as I drove by to take more pictures.


I was born (1942) and raised on the block of 2200 Chapel Hill Rd.
I remember watching them move the two story house where the fire station now sits. The house is now located behind the "store" on the opposite corner.
When I was a child, the store was operated by the Hobby brothers. They later sold to Mr. Carroll.
Mr. Carroll sold to "Pappy" Pickett.
The Hobby brothers later operated a grill near Maplewood Cemetery (grill was segregated with two doors and areas).
Mr. Carroll later operated a Sunoco service station on Chapel Hill Street.

In the 60's I remember haveing good natured bottle rocket fights with the firemen. We bought the bottle rockets from picketts store right next door to the fire station.

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