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Fire Station No. 9

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1971, W. Irving Phillips Jr. and Robert W. Peterson. 702 Hogan St.
  • (Photograph by Gerald Moorhead )

In the late 1960s and early 1970s the City of Houston commissioned a number of distinguished public buildings for neighborhood settings, mostly fire stations and branch libraries. Phillips's design for this fire station in the Near Northside sector of Fifth Ward is materially tough but formally lithe. He eroded the concrete-banded, brick-faced box with spatial incisions and recesses that dramatize its identity as a modern fire station. An externalized stair tower on the east side plays off its visual likeness to a fireman's pole. Fire Station No. 9 is five blocks north of what was, from 1887 when it opened until it closed in the 1990s, the economic center of the Near Northside: the car shops and repair yards of the Southern Pacific Railroad.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


What's Nearby


Gerald Moorhead et al., "Fire Station No. 9", [Houston, Texas], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Texas

Buildings of Texas: Central, South, and Gulf Coast, Gerald Moorhead and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2013, 364-364.

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