10 Most Endangered

Old Fire Station 18

3130 West Washington Street, Indianapolis

Fire Station 18, Indianapolis (hero)

Sounding the Alarm

Pierre & Wright designed Fire Station 18, built in 1936 at Washington Street and Tibbs Avenue on the Indianapolis’s west side, at the edge of the former Central State Hospital. IFD replaced the Art Deco-style station in 1994 and it has been vacant, neglected, and graffiti-tagged ever since.

American Builder magazine highlighted the station in 1937 with photos that showed the curvilinear walls of windows flanking the central fire truck bays. The magazine praised the station’s “functional modernism,” noting that its compact single-floor layout eliminated the need for the classic bell tower and brass pole.

If the building is allowed to deteriorate further, it may lose the chance for recovery. “We hope the 10 Most listing helps us identify developers or a potential user, so we can convince the city to sell the corner property before the building is so far gone it gets scrapped for a convenience store-gas station,” says Mark Dollase, Indiana Landmarks’ Vice President of Preservation Services.

Fire Station 18 (courtesy Indianapolis Public Library Digital Collections)
For More Information

Mark Dollase
Vice President of Preservation Services
Indiana Landmarks

Phil Votaw
Westside Community Development Corporation

Sarah Halter
Indiana Medical History Museum

Act Now to Save This Place

Saving threatened buildings takes teamwork. You can be a part of that team. Reach out to local leaders. Let them know these buildings are important to you. And support state and local preservation groups.