Austin (TX) Considers Upgrade for Iconic Fire Station

An Austin fire station built in 1938 for known for its Art Deco design has also caused frustration with the facility not matching modern firefighting needs, reports Austin Towers.

Designs have been submitted to demonstrate the plan to bring the building up to speed without harming its original look.

Increasing the height of two engine bays is part of the plan to meet the size and scale of modern fire trucks.

The fire station also currently has open barracks accommodations, a relic of when only men worked at the fire department. The remodel will enhance privacy with gender-equitable sleeping quarters and other facilities like restrooms.

There will also be an addition to expand the overall size of the building by only 558 square feet and is designed with materials and color intended to create a clear delineation between old and new. 

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