Detroit Fire Department Headquarters History – August 1st

Today in Detroit Fire Department History – August 1, 1929

The third Detroit Fire Department Headquarters building was completed.  It was located at 250 W. Larned, (Larned & Washington Blvd.).  This replaced the previous headquarters located at Wayne & Larned.

Detroit Fire Department Headquarters

It was designed by Hans Gehrke.  Mr. Gehrke designed several fire stations in the city during the 1920s abd 1930s. 

Decoration over door of Detroit Fire Department Headquarters  Decorative element on Detroit Fire Department Headquarters building  Over main enterance door for Detroit Fire Department Headquarters

The 5 story building’s first floor originally housed fire apparatus assigned to cover the growing downtown area.  Other floors of the building were designated as living quarters for the men assigned there and offices for department administrations.  In the later years fire companies were reassigned to other stations, and the building was use solely for adminsistrative offices.  

 hq bay shot 2 hq dining room hq 3rd floor

Fire Headquarters was moved to a new Public Safety Headquarters in July 2013.  This building has been sold to a developer who plans to convert it into a botique hotel

 View video of the 250 W. Larned,  Fire Headquarters here.



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