Structure Type: built works - public buildings - fire stations

Designers: Baker, Frank Lidstone, Architect (firm); Scherer and Carlson, Building Contractors (firm); Frank Lidstone Baker (architect); Alfred A. Carlson (building contractor); Jonathan A. Scherer (building contractor)

Dates: constructed 1927-1928

4 stories

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301 2nd Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98104

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2nd Avenue South and South Main Street;


The City of Seattle, Fire Department Headquarters/Station #10 in Pioneer Square opened in 1928 and replaced the Cosmopolitan Hotel and Saloon that formerly occupied the southwest corner of 2nd Avenue South and South Main Street. This fire station was superceded by the new facility at

Building History

The Headquarters building originally housed offices for the Fire Chief and his other top officials within the Seattle Fire Department (SFD) as well as containing space for various fire-fighting divisions. On 06/03/1929, the Seattle Times presented the Mayor's state of the city speech and a great amount of data about city affairs. One element of this article discussed the state of the fire department and building projects during 1927-1928. It noted that the new SFD Headquarters cost $245,058 to build, and was first occupied on 09/24/1928. It continued: "The street floor is given over to apparatus and the second in used as quarters for personnel of Engine Company No. 10, Truck Company No. 1, Squad Company No. 2, Water Tower No. 1 and assistant chief--all in service at this station. On the third floor are located offices of the chief and department headquarters, while the fourth has been assigned to the fire prevention division. The building has been inspected by many experts of the firemanic fraternity and the consensus of opinions rendered by these men is that Seattle has the latest and most up-to-date fire headquarters building of any city in the United States." (See "Would Create Bureau to Aid New Industry," Seattle Times, 06/03/1929, p. 10.)

New quarters for Engine Company #10 were built in 2006-2008, a building that also included the City of Seattle's new Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and the department's Fire Alarm Center (FAC).

PCAD id: 12735