Fire Station No. 8 – Lipscomb

This one and one-half story stucco-clad fire station has a shallow-pitched hipped roof and hipped porch. It is one of about ten bungalow-style fire stations built in Fort Worth in 1922 and 1923 that were designed to enhance residential neighborhoods (see 1616 Park Place and 431 Fulton Street). All seem to have been the work of architect Charles F. Allen and contractor B. B. Adams. Allen was a versatile bungalow designer who published Allen’s Southern Bungalows in 1922. This station has been used by the Fort Worth Parks and Community Services Department as a recreation center since 1979, and has been altered by the enclosure of the porch and several windows. With restoration, it could be eligible for the National Register as an example of sensitive civic design in the tradition of the City Beautiful movement. As the remaining bungalow fire stations in Fort Worth are documented in future phases of the survey, they will be included in a National Register Thematic Group. The former fire station is a contributing resource in the Fairmount-Southside Historic District (local and national). The thematic nomination for the bungalow fire stations was never completed. A Multiple Property Submission would be an excellent means of getting other eligible fire stations listed in the National Register.

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