We love to take our son and dog out for walks around the neighborhood after dinner. Living in a bungalow neighborhood, there are lots of other cute houses to see as we walk. However, one of our favorite neighborhood landmarks isn’t a house at all– though its looks might fool you. Meet Minneapolis Fire Station 13.
Built in a craftsman bungalow style in 1923, (the same year our house was built,) the building was a working fire station until 1980 and an ambulance station until 2002. The picture above was taken by A. F. Raymond in 1936 and later added to the photo database of the Minnesota History Society.
After the fire station fell out of use, it lay vacant for a few months. In 2003, Minneapolis offered the station for sale, and the building was designated a local landmark by the Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Commission. The city’s sales information –still available online– has a great summary of the building’s history, floorplan drawings and other information. On December 23, 2003, Fire Station 13 was added to the National Register of Historic Places. Sale of the building was completed in March of 2004 for $355,000.
Today, Station 13 has been cleaned up and restored. It houses an architecture firm and remains a distinctive landmark in Minneapolis’ Standish-Ericsson neighborhood . Station 13 is a great piece of neighborhood history and serves as a reminder of a bygone era in municipal development when form was valued as much as function.