Category: WPA,fire station, Depression

Fire Station 4, San Diego

Designed by local architect Gustav Adolph Hanssen and built in 1937 by the United States Works Progress Administration,this fire station is marked by its prominent hose drying tower (see view looking up the no longer used tower) and blocky square and vaguely Art Deco detailing, such as chevrons grooved panels between first floor doors and second floor windows on projecting end blocks and tower.  But the most interesting and unusual detail is the hexagonal opening for the pole used by the firefighters to quickly get to the fire engine from the second floor,which is sleeping quarters.  I have never seen any other like this one.  ( I use the spelling of his first name and his full middle name as done in Un. of Illinois alumni publications.  San Diego publications refer to him as Gustave A. Hanssen.)IMG_0823.jpgIMG_0821.jpgIMG_0819.jpgIMG_0689.jpgIMG_0688.jpgIMG_0819.jpg,