Carmel Firehouse – Carmel CA

City:
Carmel, CA

Site Type:
Military and Public Safety, Firehouses

New Deal Agencies:
Works Progress Administration (WPA), Work Relief Programs

Started:
1936

Completed:
1937

Designers:
Bernard Rountree, Milton Latham

Quality of Information:
Very Good

Marked:
No

Site Survival:
Extant

Description

The Works Progress Administration (WPA) built the Carmel Firehouse in 1936-1937. Carmel has used a volunteer fire department since 1915.

The architect of record was Milton Latham, supervised by Bernard Rountree. The stone-clad facade is multi-hued and meant to echo the abundant use of stone in buildings around Carmel-by-the-Sea.

There were 4 bays for firetrucks in the original building with a fifth bay added later. This firehouse appears to be used primarily for emergency vehicles now.

The second floor was accessed on the west side of the structure via a steep stairway, part of the original structure, and included fire poles from the second to the first floor. 

A community/firehouse meeting space is on the second floor and there are sleeping quarters also on the second floor. Other projects mentioned below are in the large meeting space.

 

Source notes

Carmel Historic Survey, AP#10-133-6, "Fire House, City Owned".

File, City of Carmel Library Historical Collections, including various newspaper articles and City records.

Site originally submitted by Charles Swaney on July 1, 2018.
Additional contributions by Richard Walker.

Location Info


6th Avenue
Carmel, CA 93923

Coordinates: 36.55557, -121.9213

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