The Firehouses of St. Louis

Having kids in scouts and other groups gets you into some places that you usually would not go. Firehouses are once such example. I attended a cub scout tour of No. 35 on Arsenal Street with one of my sons. This is where I got an appreciation for some of the details within these old buildings.

Also, when I lived in Boulevard Heights years ago, I used to walk my kids by No. 19 on Morgan Ford Road and the firemen on duty would invite us in and let the kids sit in the truck and put on the hat. They LOVED that, and it was very kind and unsolicited...they invited us in without me asking.

My curiosity was piqued. I love making lists and setting goals  and exploring my city, so here we go with yet another adventure: photographing all the city firehouses.

Per the official St. Louis website, there are 30 active firehouses in our fair city.

They are spread throughout the city in 29 different neighborhoods, only Tower Grove East has two active stations.

No. 1 - 2910 S. Jefferson Avenue, 63118, Benton Park neighborhood

No. 2 - 314 S. Tucker Blvd., 63102, Downtown St. Louis

No. 4 - 4425 S. Compton Avenue, 63111, Dutchtown neighborhood

No. 5 - 2123 North Market Street, 63106, St. Louis Place neighborhood

No. 6 - 5747 Manchester Avenue, 63110, Cheltenham neighborhood

No. 7 - 2600 LaSalle Street, 63104, The Gate District

No. 8 - 1501 Salisbury Street, 63107, Hyde Park neighborhood

No. 9 - 814 LaBeaume Avenue, 63102, Near North Riverfront neighborhood

No. 10 - 4161 Kennerly Avenue, 63113, The Ville neighborhood

No. 11 - 2224 S. 7th Street, 63104, Kosciusko neighborhood

No. 12 - 5214 W. Florissant Avenue, 63115, Mark Twain neighborhood

No. 13 - 1400 Shawmut Place, 63112, Hamilton Heights neighborhood

No. 14 - 3523 Magnolia Avenue, 63118, Tower Grove East neighborhood

No. 17 - 3238 Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd., 63106, Covenant Blu / Grand Center neighborhood

No. 19 - 6624 Morgan Ford Road, 63116, Boulevard Heights neighborhood

No. 20 - 5600 Prescott Avenue, 63147, North Riverfront neighborhood

No. 22 - 1229 McCausland Avenue, 63117, Hi-Point neighborhood

No. 23 - 6500 Michigan Avenue, 63111, Carondelet neighborhood

No. 24 - 5245 Natural Bridge Avenue, 63115, Mark Twain / I-70 Industrial neighborhood

No. 26 - 4520 Margaretta Avenue, 63115, Penrose neighborhood

No. 27 - 5435 Partridge Avenue, 63120, Walnut Park East neighborhood

No. 28 - 4810 Enright Avenue, 63108, Fountain Park neighborhood

No. 29 - 200 S. Vandeventer Avenue, 63110, Midtown

No. 30 - 541 DeBaliviere Avenue, 63112, Skinker / DeBaliviere neighborhood

No. 31 - 4408 Donovan Avenue, 63109, St. Louis Hills neighborhood

No. 32 - 3500 S. Grand, 63118, Tower Grove East neighborhood

No. 33 - 8300 N. Broadway, 63147, Baden neighborhood

No. 34 - 8227 S. Broadway, 63111, Patch neighborhood

No. 35 - 5450 Arsenal Street, 63139, Southwest Garden neighborhood

No. 36 - 5000 S. Kingshighway Blvd., 63109, Princeton Heights neighborhood

I received another list of 11 former firehouses that are still standing as of publishing:

No. 1 - 2411 McNair Avenue, 63104, Benton Park neighborhood (Built 1872)

No. 3 - 3648 S. Broadway, 63118, Marine Villa neighborhood 

(Built 1919)

No. 7 - 1304 S. 18th Street, 63104 Lafayette Square neighborhood 

(Built 1897)

No. 26 - 2100 N. 2nd Street, 63102, Near North Riverfront neighborhood 

(Built 1887)

No. 28 - 3934 Enright Avenue, 63108, Vandeventer neighborhood

(Built 1961)

No. 29 - 1219 S. Vandeventer Avenue, 63110, Forest Park Southeast neighborhood

(Built 1888)

No. 32 - 2000 Washington Avenue, 63103, Downtown West neighborhood

(Built 1892)

No. 32 - 503 N. 20th Street, 63103, Downtown West neighborhood 

(Built 1919)

No. 36 - 1719 N. Union Boulevard, 63113, Wells Goodfellow neighborhood 

(Built 1911)

No. 40/41 - 707 N. 7th Street, 63101, Downtown neighborhood 

(Built 1904)

No. 45 - 914 Allen Avenue, 63104, Soulard neighborhood 

(Built 1906)

Here is a map of all 41 mentioned above; note the nearly perfect spacial distribution to cover the entirety of St. Louis:

So feel free to follow along. I will start with the 11 former firehouses. Stay tuned!