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Old Algiers Main Street Fire Station (Fire Engine No. 17)

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1925, Andrew S. Montz. 425 Opelousas St.
  • (Photograph by Karen Kingsley)

The main fire station for Algiers was designed to blend in with the residential character of the neighborhood. It is one of several that are English Tudor in style, which city architect E. A Christy introduced to New Orleans in his design of 1909 for the fire station at 436 S. Jefferson Davis Parkway, and used in 1916 for the former fire station at 1421 St. Roch Avenue, both on the east bank of New Orleans. This Algiers station by Montz (c. 1882–1963) is a particularly fine example of the style. The two-story building of red brick trimmed with white stone has a wide Tudor-arched entrance for the fire trucks, a band of square-topped windows on the second story, and a crenellated parapet. Fire stations are extremely important in New Orleans, where most buildings are constructed of wood and closely spaced, making fires a constant hazard.

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Karen Kingsley and Lake Douglas
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Karen Kingsley and Lake Douglas, "Old Algiers Main Street Fire Station (Fire Engine No. 17)", [New Orleans, Louisiana], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/LA-02-OR215.

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Buildings of New Orleans, Karen Kingsley and Lake Douglas. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2018, 255-256.

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