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Fire Station No. 1
San Angelo, Texas


Description: Fire Station No. 1
Other Names: Old Central Fire Station; Recreation Center
Address: 200 South Magdalen, San Angelo, Tom Green County, Texas
Type: government: converted fire station
Original Client: City of San Angelo
Historic Inventory: Texas Historical Commission Inventory, Site SA-0278
Date: 1928
Condition: extant

Architect or Firm: Gustavus A. Trost
Associated Architect or Firm: Trost & Trost
Dimensions and Orientation: originally T-shaped, 2 stories and a basement, Corinthian capped columns and arches supporting the roof. A  4 story hose drying tower; faces North
Budget/Cost: $32,000

Foundation: concrete
Wall Materials: textured buff colored brick
Roofing Materials: flat; tower and front section Spanish tile
Other Materials Used: carved stone columns in the tower; wood brackets under the eaves
Remodeling and Additions: 3-vehicle entrance enclosed; sides enlarged to form rectangle; Southwest corner wing

Present Owner: Jody and Michele Babiash
Location of Drawings: none known to exist
Location of Documentary Photographs: El Paso Public Library: Ponsford 317, as built, perspective view


Remarks:  The building was used a Fire Station until 1976. The building still owned by the city was converted to a City Recreation Center and Senior Center until 1998. After that the building served as home to the non-profit agency Healthy Families that works with teen parents.

In December of 2017 it was purchased by owner Jody and Michele Babiash. The exterior and interior has been remodeled into a business call the Old Center Firehouse Bed and Brew.


Prepared for the El Paso Public Library by Lloyd C. and June F. Engelbrecht under a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, 1990