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Rick Haslewood
I'd like to know if anyone knows how to gain access to architectural designs and floorplans to historic Fire Station 23 in Los Angeles (225 E. 5th Street) for the purpose of replication as a residential dwelling.

Being on the historic register and also a city-owned building I thought the plans might be publicly available, but so far I've been unable to find any record. The arhitects were Hudson and Munsell and the building was constructed in 1910.

Any tips would be greatly appreciated.


We couldn't find a copy of the plans for that station. Here is a photo of Fire Station No. 28, at 644 South Figueroa Street in Los Angeles from the HABS website (plans not available). 

Fire Station No. 28

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Rick Haslewood
Thanks Rena, that's a beauty. Looks like it might even be of the same era.

I've got lots and lots of photos of Olde 23, both historic (mostly obtained from LAFD records) and current from when I visited the station during a visit to LA.

It's beautiful. It looks as if it is 'at risk.' I hope they are able to restore it, and I hope you can get plans.

Rick Haslewood
The building has been falling into disrepair since the early 80's, and the City of LA don't want to spend any money on it, but they refuse to sell it also.

It has a permanent caretaker who lives there, and he's taken the initiative of raising money from the community to fix it up. So I hope he can manage to squeeze some cash out of the City Council as well.

Speaking of the Council, does anyone know what branch of the council might hold the plans or records for the building?
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