Engine Company No. 16/Truck Company No. 3

Completed in 1932, and often referred to as the “big house,” this showpiece station became the new home to Engine Company 16.

The last of the historic firehouses erected downtown, it was designed with a higher level of detail and finish than its contemporaries in outlying neighborhoods. The impressive open tower is wholly decorative, as the hose tower is accommodated to the side and within the body of the building. Engine 16 is the most important firehouse design of Municipal Architect Albert Harris, who was responsible for the earliest of the interwar stations. The third story was a police and fire clinic that could handle six doctors and numerous patients, complete with operating room, recovery room, laboratory, and meeting room; more recently it has housed offices and a battalion chief. This important central station was among the first equipped with a two-way radio in 1940.

Nominated by the Capital Fire Museum, and designated on January 27, 2011

National Register: May 18, 2011

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1018 13th Street, NW