Old Plaza Firehouse, Los Angeles

Historic Site · Hidden Gem · Specialty Museum
The Old Plaza Firehouse is the oldest fire station in the city of Los Angeles, built in 1884. It is located near Olvera Street in the Los Angeles Plaza Historic District. It was placed as a California Historical Landmark No. 730 on April 8, 1960.

Designed by local architect William A. Boring [the City paid him $160.75 for his drawings], and built in 1884, it operated as a firehouse until 1897. The building was thereafter used as a saloon, cigar store, poolroom, "seedy hotel", Chinese market, "flop house", and drugstore. The building was restored in the 1950s and opened as a firefighting museum in 1960.

The Plaza Firehouse Museum is open to the public Tuesdays through Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The museum features helmets, photos, and firefighting equipment of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
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  • The museum is quite small, but it's free and interesting so definitely worth a visit if you're nearby.  more »
  • In the days when many buildings were wooden and thus in great risk of devastating fires the firemen and engines stationed here were key in helping to save lives. It was built in 1884 and served as a....  more »
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  • Walked into this place while I was waiting on someone. I had no idea of its history at the time. It's preserved pretty well.
  • Great historical fire house that had lots of cool interesting facts.

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