For your Saturday hysterical, er, historical enjoyment, take a peek at these drawings from the blueprints of Raleigh Station 7. The top image shows the site plan, which was originally on the north side of Glaslock Street. Note the angular placement of the building and the driveway that exits to both cross streets. Looks like a full basement was also planned, with a couple storage rooms. Only a boiler room was built below.
Why did the station cross the road?
To be determined. Maybe just to get to the other side. One story goes like this: construction was started on the current site, on the wrong side of Glascock Street. This error wasn't noticed in advance, and the city had to scramble to acquire the current site. (Need to research that one.) Another "story" about Station 7 is that the parking lot's land isn't owned by the city, which is why it's remained dirt for decades. Based on the city-county iMAPS system, the lot is on land perhaps originally intended as an extension of Colleton Road. Makes for a good tale, if nothing else.
Station 7 opened on December 30, 1959. It was the first of a couple dozen built with the same basic building design. The station is also unique from its successors in a couple ways. It's the only one with a watch room on the same side as the dorm. And it's the only one with separate officer's quarters. Read more station history. Click once or twice to enlarge:
Don’t see a day room or kitchen listed, either.
Rescue Ranger - 07/10/12 - 12:42
White on blue drawings converted to black on white. Click REFRESH button on your browser if they don’t display.
Legeros - 07/11/12 - 21:52