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Van Nuys fire station (1939)

Postby nichols » Thu Sep 03, 2009 5:55 pm

DAILY NEWS

L.A.'s oldest fire station in Van Nuys will be replaced

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Updated: 09/02/2009 02:40:28 PM PDT

The City Council voted today to replace Los Angeles' oldest fire station, using about $40 million in Proposition F bond money to cover construction costs.
Fire Station 39 is the busiest in the San Fernando Valley. A report from the city administrative officer shows its fire trucks and rescue ambulances respond to more emergencies than any other fire station in the area.

Located across the street from Van Nuys City Hall, Fire Station 39 was built in 1939.

Councilman Tony Cardenas said he appreciated the beauty of the building, which was built in the Art Moderne style, but added the time had come to replace it...

http://www.dailynews.com/breakingnews/ci_13253149



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Postby nichols » Tue Sep 22, 2009 3:56 pm

HERE IN VAN NUYS

Destroying an Architectural Gem in Van Nuys.
2009 SEPTEMBER 22

http://hereinvannuys.wordpress.com/2009 ... -van-nuys/

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Postby nichols » Tue Oct 06, 2009 8:44 am

Looks like the councilmember has changed his mind about demolishing the station. Now to find a new use for it and keep the LAFD from choosing something historic to demolish as it's replacement.

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Debate looms over landmark fire station

By Rick Orlov, Staff Writer
Updated: 10/05/2009 08:22:04 PM PDT


http://www.dailynews.com/news/ci_13493584?source=rv

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Postby nredom » Tue Oct 06, 2009 12:33 pm

The article notes:

"Other abandoned fire stations have found new life as restaurants, office buildings and, in Hollywood, as a home for the Los Angeles Fire Historical Society."

Another relevant precedent of adaptive reuse would be the African American Firefighters Museum, using a 1913 station on Central Ave.:

www.aaffmuseum.org

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Postby Futura Girl » Tue Oct 06, 2009 9:40 pm

this would be a much better location for the san fernando valley historical museum that's currently on LAVC's campus.

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Postby Perks » Wed Oct 28, 2009 1:12 pm

I finally ventured over to see station #39 a couple weeks ago. It's a perfect architectural complement to the civic center across the street, and really adds to the integrity of the neighborhood.

However, as a former firefighter, I can appreciate the limitations of continuing to use the station. Fire apparatus have grown dramatically in size since the 1930s. And Sylvan is a very busy side street. These two factors make it very true that just navigating out of the station and onto Van Nuys Blvd. can be impeded by the number of other vehicles on the street. That adds (though I doubt significantly) to the response times and increases the chance of a collision on their way out of the station. And then there's the problem of what types of vehicles you can still squeeze into the garage.

I would definitely love to see it operate as a museum. Or, even better, continuing to operate as a more specialized fire station (e.g., medical response, haz mat units, etc.), while adding a second station locally that can accommodate the larger trucks.
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