Engine House No. 18

The Engine House No. 18 is a fire station located at 3812 Mt. Elliott Avenue in Detroit, Michigan. It is also known as Engine Company No. 18 Fire Station. It is the third oldest existing (and the oldest operating) fire station in Detroit. The station was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1995.


Land for this Engine House was purchased in 1891 for $2100. The building was designed by the Detroit architects Mason & Rice and constructed by Vinton & Co. for $20,228.14.


The Engine House is a two-story red brick building with trim of red-orange sandstone and salmon colored brick topped with a high double-pitch hip roof in the front and a lower roof in the rear. Dormers feature wooden cornices containing scuplted faces, serpents, and dragonheads. Two engine bays are located on the first floor, along with the station office, kitchen, and dining & recreation room. The sleeping quarters, officer’s room, locker room and bathroom are on the second floor. A hose-drying chamber stretches from the first floor to the attic.

A rear addition to the original 1892 building was constructed in 1949; the site also houses a one-story, brick storage building at the rear of the lot.

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