Built in 1909, the E. Romero Hose and Fire Station in downtown Las Vegas is every inch a landmark.
Located at 155 Bridge Street, the two-story brick structure was designed in the neoclassical tradition by Las Vegas architect E.W. Hart, and named in honor of longtime lumberman and mayor, Don Eugenio Romero.
With three other stations currently in operation, the Las Vegas Fire Department donated to the city in 2011 this historic structure, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, on the condition that it would be preserved and used as a firefighters museum and memorial.
Ever since then, city officials, working with New Mexico’s Main Street program, have spearheaded a renovation effort that has seen a new roof added to the structure, as well as an upgrading of the heating, cooling, electrical, and plumbing systems on the first floor.
Now a competition, sponsored by the national Partners in Preservation that is offering up to $2 million in funding for various preservation projects across the country, could provide the needed support for the second floor upgrading of the fire station.
The program, created by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and American Express, is partnering with the National Main Street Center for the competition.
Nearly 240,000 people have voted online so far to select the projects most in need of funding out of a list of 25 final projects. Voting is scheduled to end on October 31.
By Garry Boulard
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