Historic Firestation #9

Our headquarters are located in Historic Firestation #9 on 14th and Central in KCK. Built by Architect William E. Harris, the station was declared a Historic Landmark on June 16, 1983. The fire station was placed in the Register of Historic Kansas Places on July 3, 1979 and the National Register of Historic Places on September 5, 1985.

 

 

When originally operational, the station served the core of Kansas City, Kansas until its closure in 1967. The building is a mixof Prairie School and Collegiate Gothic Styles featuring firefighter gargoyles along the rooftop. By the mid 1970’s the building was becoming an eyesore to the neighborhood, showing obvious signs of neglect. Plans were put into place to restore the building and convert in into a community center in 1975. The building then served the neighborhood in several ways. By the mid-to-late 1980s the building fell into disrepair once again and it was decided that the cost of restoring this building was prohibitive and the building was once again vacated.

 

In 2001, CHWC purchased the abandoned building from the City with an agreement to rehabilitate and repair the building into administrative offices as well as a community meeting space.

Restoration work to the exterior included:

• reconstruction of the east bay door with new cast stone door surround and wood bay doors
• restoration of clay tile roof & flashing
• new exterior doors, window restoration, and restoration of exterior millwork
• restoration of the masonry
• new exterior lighting
• fire and life safety upgrades

The interior is a complete rehabilitation with the restoration of key historic elements including restoration of historic first and third floor stairs and restoration of millwork, bead board ceilings, historic brass fire poles, and exposed brick walls.*

 

(*Source – Historic Kansas City Foundation)