Update on Restoration of Fire Station #19

No. 19 Fire Station c. 1920sBy Dr. Catherine Lewis, VHCA Board Member

For the past year, VHCA and dedicated neighborhood volunteers have been working on a plan to renovate Fire Station #19. This promises to be a model partnership between the City of Atlanta, City Councilman Alex Wan’s office, the Atlanta Fire and Rescue Department, and VHCA.

VHCA board member Catherine Lewis, left, and VHCA planning committee member Chip Bullock, right, meet with architect Tom Little of Surber Barber.

VHCA board member Catherine Lewis, left, and VHCA planning committee member Chip Bullock, right, meet with architect Tom Little of Surber Barber.

Throughout the fall and winter a committee interviewed four architects and after a rigorous process selected Surber Barber Choate + Hertlein Architects, the team that recently completed the restoration of Ponce City Market. One of the project’s goals is to have VHCA donate the architectural work to help stretch the $600,000 the city has set aside from the recent transportation bond. Over the next several months you will be seeing more information about the station renovation, and we appreciate anyone’s willingness to donate funds to support the effort. 

VHCA board members Jack White and Catherine Lewis, left and center, talk with firemen outside FS #19.

VHCA board members Jack White and Catherine Lewis, left and center, talk with firemen outside FS #19.

There is an important fundraising event coming up soon for the station – the Morningside Mile. This is a nearby, one-mile race where 100% of the proceeds support restoration of the fire station. The race will be held Sunday April 17, Noon – 2pm. Please encourage everyone to register. After all…it’s only a mile! For more information or to register, click here.

We will advise of future steps in the process of restoring our treasured Fire Station #19 as the plan takes shape.

Catherine Lewis is a VHCA Board Member, a historian and museum curator, and is coordinating the restoration of the No. 19 Fire Station. If you would like to become involved, email her at clewis1@kennesaw.edu. 

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