Portland Central Fire Station // 1924

The Central Fire Station in Portland, Maine was built in 1924 and designed by William R. Miller & Raymond J. Mayo, architects located at 465 Congress. Lester I. Beal, a draftsman employed by Miller & Mayo, participated in the design. It was erected to contain the administrative offices of the Portland Fire Department, as well as to house fire engines and other apparatus of the inner city district. Portland has one of the oldest fire departments in the nation, 1768, when Falmouth appointed fire wardens to look for fires at night and alert the residents. In 1786, the citizens of Falmouth formed a separate town in Falmouth Neck and named it Portland, after the isle off the coast of Dorset, England. After the Great Fire of 1866 destroyed much of Downtown Portland, a new central station was built in 1867. The structure was deemed obsolete with new, large ladder trucks replacing smaller engines. The entire downtown block was demolished for the current Central Fire Station for the present building. The small building is at the center of a large lot, which is likely a candidate for redevelopment in the future (after some adjacent surface parking lots are developed).

3 thoughts on “Portland Central Fire Station // 1924

  1. Paul Chandler January 24, 2023 / 6:01 pm

    I’ve spent quite a bit of time photographing old buildings in Portland, Saco, and Biddeford recently. Hope you got to the Art Deco Armory in South Portland along with the adjacent fire station. Alfred is my next target. Enjoying your posts.

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  2. alewifecove January 24, 2023 / 6:05 pm

    I won’t say never but it is highly unlikely that the area around Central Station will be redeveloped. As you rightly noted, there’s plenty of empty parking spaces waiting for redevelopment as they have been for 30+ years now. Add in the symbolic value of Lincoln Park and Central Station with the Great Fire, and you’ve got a strong case for little or no change.

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    • Buildings of New England January 26, 2023 / 6:42 pm

      Ive seen a lot on the housing crisis in Maine causing a strain on local businesses and the tourism industry there. I hope the City of Portland and other towns and cities can find a way to build new housing without sacrificing the distinct character and charm of these places.

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