There are over 58,000 fire stations in the United States and hundreds of fire stations are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Sometimes they have become museums of the important history of emergency services in their neighborhoods. Many others have been adapted for new uses such as libraries, offices, restaurants, bars and homes.
Preservation New Jersey, a statewide nonprofit historic preservation organization founded in 1978, says old fire stations are under threat due to rapid technological and political change. It calls on communities to think creatively and proactively to seek new uses and / or owners for these structures, rather than abandoning or demolishing them.
Better yet, we think, is to adapt historic fire stations to continue to protect and serve their communities to the extent possible. That’s what’s going on with the Atlantic City # 2 Fire Station.
When it reaches a century of service next year, the fire station will be one of four in the city that is over 100 years old – notable for an island facing the ocean. Located in the center of the historically Black North Side community, Fire House No. 2 is one of the busiest resorts in town.
Preservation work on the fire station began two years ago with the establishment of the Atlantic City Historical Commission and the designation of the North Side Institutional Historic District. This led to the listing of the fire station in the National Register of Historic Places.