Fire Station #7 was opened in July of 1921 at 601 S Lewis. It is unknown who the architect was for the original station as I was unable to find those blueprints.
The second Fire Station #7 was also built at 601 S. Lewis Tulsa, Oklahoma. It is the first of two Streamline Art Deco Tulsa fire stations designed by Joseph R. Koberling. According to the original blueprints dated 4-24-42, this station was ‘to be erected’ at 6th and Lewis. It was another 5 years until this station was actually built. For some reason the station was not built until 1947 per revised blue prints dated 8-18-47. Both of Koberling’s fire stations were built diagonally on a corner. His other station is at 36th and Lewis and is a very similar but mirrored plan.
Fire Station 7 was remodeled and updated in 1966 by architect Russell L. Magee. I was tickled by the architects notes in the blueprints which instructed that the AC units be removed with caution because they were the property of the firemen! Part of this remodel/update included a rooftop mounted heat and air unit. The hosetower survived the remodel. The half circular screened porch was fully enclosed at that time.
The original, first, Fire Station #7 was razed in the early forties and Koberling’s station was built on the same location as this Sanborn Map comparison will show.
According to the 1998 history book, fire station #7 was remodeled in 1948. That’s not possible. The 1921 station shown in the first photos was NOT remodeled to the station you see in the second photo in 1948. Not possible. The history should read that Koberling’s Station #7 was in service by 1948 likely. 😉
I LOVE Sanborn Maps! I use them all the time in my Oklahoma Houses By Mail research. I love reading blueprints, you learn a lot from reading them. I spent several hours pouring through fire station blue prints when I did this research back in summer of 2008!
As you can see Koberling’s Fire Station #7 is obviously not a fire station any longer. It is a landscaping architect firm. Howell & Vancuren It is a beautiful example of one of Tulsa’s Streamline Art Deco buildings.
This station was closed when a new station at 3005 E. 15th Str was opened in 2005.
Fire Station #7 is one of several stations designed by architects Fritz Baily
Tulsa Fire Station History by Rachel Shoemaker is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.