Then & Now: Minneapolis Fire Station 13

by Josh on September 9, 2005 · 4 comments

in House History,Local

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.

Firestation 13 1936Built 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.

Firestation 13 2005Today, 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.

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Greg September 9, 2005 at 8:38 pm

Totally cool. There is an effort under way in my town to save Fire Station No. 6. It is a 1901 fire house and the last to belong to the city. Many fireman have taken it upon themselves to work on the building. Lately a group of people locally have joined the effort with fund raisers. Wish them luck!


Josh September 10, 2005 at 12:32 pm

I hope it works out for Station No. 6, Greg. These landmarks really are irreplaceable. If nobody has done it yet, you might suggest pursuing a historical designation for the building. It could help fundraising and ensure that the city or another future owner retains it’s historic character.

Since you liked the Station 13 post, I’ll work on a future post with photos of another old fire house in town that I know has been saved and reused.


Leah September 12, 2005 at 10:24 am

Great new blog! Just wondering if you’ll be posting photos of the exterior of your OWN house? (As opposed to just the firestation) ;) Would love to see it!



Josh September 12, 2005 at 1:30 pm

Thanks for visiting, Leah. Yes, I need to post some pictures of the house exterior. I used to have a picture of the house in the banner at the top of the blog. I removed it thinking I would add an “about the house” standing page on the blog, but I have not finished that yet. Since you asked so nicely, I’ll put together a post with a few photos of the exterior. Stop back again, soon!


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