09/22/10 176 W, 2 I - + 5 - 4 Old Water Tower (And Hose House) Could Be Yours

As today's News & Observer reports, Raleigh's old water tower on Morgan Street is again for sale. It was last sold in 1938, then donated to its current owner in 1963. The building is attached to a two-story brick structure that also the oldest extant fire department building in the city. Alas, the article doesn't mention this fact. The 1887 building was the first house of the Capital Hose Company.

Guess I need to do better on educating the public. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. I contacted them a couple years ago, suggesting they supplement their web page entry to include the fire department information.

They advised that that information is rarely updated, and thus the information would not be added. Next step, add a comment to the web page. Or maybe it's time for another letter to the editor! Here's our prior posting about the building and its sale. Or read today's N&O story.



North Carolina State Archives photo

This looks appropriate to submit to the newspaper:

One lesser-known fact about the old water tower building on West Morgan Street is that it’s also the oldest extant fire department structure in the city. The tower and attached two-story building was built in conjunction with the 1887 water system. That system included the city’s first fire hydrants. The city’s volunteer firemen could now connect their hoses directly to the hydrants, and no longer needed their steam- and head-powered pumping engines to fight fires.

The attached building housed the Capital Hose Company, which formed that year. The first floor housed their hand-drawn hose reel on one side, and the water company office on the other. The door for the apparatus was later covered, and you can see the seams in the brick. The second floor served as a fireman’s hall. The volunteer fire company moved across the street to 112 West Morgan Street in 1890, and into a new fire department headquarters building at the same location in 1896. That building was Raleigh’s first Central Fire Station.

Mike Legeros
Raleigh Fire Department Historian
Legeros - 09/22/10 - 07:33

Whats the going price for a property such as this?
FD - 09/23/10 - 06:25

I have heard $600-700K
Legeros - 09/23/10 - 06:26

Hey Mike…I know I’m being lazy, BUT do you have any old photos to compare the above pic with what it looked like back in the day?
HJ - 09/23/10 - 20:03

Ask and ye shall receive, http://legeros.com/ralwake/raleigh/histo..

Updated posting above. Thanks for asking.
Legeros - 09/23/10 - 20:07

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