Hook and Ladder House No. 5-Detroit Fire Department Repair Shop

Hook and Ladder House No. 5-Detroit Fire Department Repair Shop

Infobox_nrhp | name =Hook and Ladder House No. 5--Detroit Fire Department Repair Shop
nrhp_type =

caption = To the left is the Detroit Fire Department Repair Shop; to the right is Hook and Ladder House No. 5.
location= Detroit, Michigan
lat_degrees = 42
lat_minutes = 21
lat_seconds = 4
lat_direction = N
long_degrees = 83
long_minutes = 2
long_seconds = 35
long_direction = W
locmapin = Michigan
area =
built =1888
architect= Malcomson & Higginbotham
architecture= Queen Anne, Early Commercial
added = December 01, 1997
governing_body = Local
refnum=97001481cite web|url=http://www.nr.nps.gov/|title=National Register Information System|date=2008-04-15|work=National Register of Historic Places|publisher=National Park Service]

The Hook and Ladder House No. 5 and the Detroit Fire Department Repair Shop are two cojoined structures located at 3400 and 3434 Russell Street in Detroit, Michigan. The Hook and Ladder House No. 5 is the second oldest surviving fire station in Detroit.


The Detroit Hook and Ladder House no. 5 was built in 1888; it was designed by the architectural firm of Malcomson & Higgenbotham. [http://www.mcgi.state.mi.us/hso/sites/15773.htm Hook and Ladder House No. 5/Detroit Fire Department Repair Shop] from the state of Michigan] The station was built to provide protection to the surrounding neighborhood and the imminently expanding Eastern Market. In 1911, a small annex was built to serve as a repair shop for the departments's growing fleet of motorized fire engines. In 1917, the larger repair shop was built; the 1911 annex joins the repair shop to the hook and ladder house.

Hook and Ladder No. 5 was in use as a fire station until 1956, when a new station built nearby replaced it. The Detroit Fire Department Repair Shop was used until recently by the Detroit Department of Public Works as a maintenance yard, carpenter shop, and electrical shop.


Hook and Ladder house No. 5 is a two-story Queen Anne style red brick and stone building with third floor attic space. The roof is a steeply pitched hip roof with shingled dormers. The original wood swinging doors are still located on the front facade.

Both the small 1911 annex and the large 1917 repair shop are two story brick buildings trimmed with terra cotta. The repair shop has zero setback from the street, yet is clearly designed to relate to the fire station throught the positioning of its southwest corner entrance at an angle meeting the setback of the fire station and annex.

Current use

The properties were listed on the state historical register in 1975, and on the National Register of Historic Places in 1997. In September 2002, the Sala Thai restaurant opened in the ground floor of the Hook and Ladder No. 5 building. [http://www.salathai.us/SalaThai/about.html Sala Thai restaurant] ] The Detroit Fire Department Repair Shop has been renovated, and is now known as the FD Lofts, featuring over 30 loft spaces from 900 to 1700 square feet. [http://urbanlifedevelopment.com/uld/fd-lofts-history.html FD Lofts] ]

External links

* [http://urbanlifedevelopment.com/uld/fd-lofts-history.html FD Lofts]
* [http://www.salathai.us/SalaThai/about.html Sala Thai]


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