The humble engine house of 1800 evolved into Victorian splendor and on to modernist cubes of concrete. Fire engine design changed slowly and kept old traditions. Fire house design tried every style and revival style that came down the pike. Fire houses are a celebration of architectural styles.
other Fire Art
Many artisans made fire equipment
besides fire engines...
Artisans working in many media were hired by the fire service. Some of their fine work is shown on the following pages. There is an overall feeling of moral strength and confident joy in all this art. It began in the first two or three generations of firemen and fire art and continues as a sign of civilization. The fine craftsmanship displayed by thousands of artisans was done to honor the beautiful idea of firefighting. The fire engine is a most humane machine.