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Engine House No. 18 (Los Angeles, California)

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Built  1904
LAHCM #  349
Opened  1904
Added to NRHP  29 October 1982
NRHP Reference #  82000968
Designated LAHCM  March 29, 1988
Area  809.4 m²
Architect  John Parkinson
Engine House No. 18 (Los Angeles, California)
Location  2616 S. Hobart Boulevard, Los Angeles, California
Architectural styles  Mission Revival architecture, Spanish Colonial Revival architecture
Similar  Universal Studios Hollywood, Los Angeles Zoo, Griffith Park Zoo, Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, Los Angeles Memorial

Engine House No. 18 is a fire station in the West Adams section of Los Angeles, California.

Built in 1904, the station was designed in the Mission Revival style by noted architect John Parkinson, whose later works included Los Angeles City Hall, Union Station, and Bullocks Wilshire. In 1915, Engine House No. 18 was one of a dozen stations closed because of budget cutbacks resulting from the "two-platoon ordinance" passed by the Los Angeles City Council in 1915. The station re-opened in 1920 and remained an operating fire station until 1968. In 1932, former fireman James F. Fourong was arrested for burglarizing Engine House No. 18. Fourong had looted other fire stations by phoning in false alarms and then entering the firehouse while the men responded to the call. In February 1932, Fourong attempted a robbery at Engine House No. 18 but was surprised by a fireman while burglarizing the lockers. After the building had been vacant for sixteen years, the Community Redevelopment Agency in 1984 agreed to a $28,000 contract with Woodford & Bernard, architects, to prepare construction documents for the restoration of Engine House No. 18. The plan was to restore and convert the firehouse into a community-oriented professional training center at a cost of $225,000.

Through a competitive bidding process that began in December 2009, the Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles (CRA/LA) awarded the Exceptional Children’s Foundation (ECF) the opportunity to purchase Engine House No. 18. ECF purchased the property in 2011 with the goal of converting the cultural landmark into a fine arts training center for adults with special needs and a community creative space for the residents of South Los Angeles.

Renovations of the site began in June 2012. ECF re-opened Engine House No. 18 as its South L.A. Art Center in the spring of 2013. Approximately 50 participants with developmental disabilities annually are provided with daily fine art instruction, life skills training, and case management services at this location. The center also hosts exhibits of the participants' artwork along with creations by other community artists.

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Engine House No. 18 (Los Angeles, California) Wikipedia


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