The 1927 Historic Firehouse 
on Harris Avenue and 14th Street
(formerly Bellingham Fire Department Station #2)
Today known as:  
Fire House Arts and Events Center 
Early Firefighting

The rapid growth of Fairhaven during the years 1889-1892, prompted a flurry of construction financed by a few developers anxious to profit from the expectation that the town would prosper economically as a deepwater port and railroad terminus.   These developers, anxious to protect their investments, provided money for fire fighting equipment that could be used in case of disaster.  

Fighting Fire in Fairhaven -- The Early Years -- continue reading here.
The original Fairhaven station and later Bellingham Fire Department Station No 2 was located on Donovan Avenue.  
 Photo:  Center for Pacific Northwest Resources
In 1927, a new facility for Station #2, designed in the Spanish Mission style by local architect, F. Stanley Piper, was constructed a 1314 Harris Avenue for $15,000 on property sold to the City by Cyrus Gates for $1.00. 

The station housed a crew of six firefighters plus equipment.  As fire equipment became larger and more sophisticated, the double doors of the original structure were replaced by a single overhead door.  This station served the community for over seventy years.

When a new station was built at 1590 Harris Avenue, this structure was surplused in 2002 by the Bellingham City Council, placed on the Local Historic Register and offered for sale for adaptive reuse.

Purchased in 2002 by Matt Christman, it was remodeled by Mike Smith, architect with the Zervas Group, and McConnell Construction.  In 2006, the Old Fairhaven Fire Station opened as the Firehouse Performing Arts Center along with an adjacent cafe and offices.   
The Center was purchased by Teresa Dalton in 2018.

Renamed the FireHouse Arts and Events Center, it is dedicated to connecting the community with the Arts and includes the FireHouse Cafe.

The FireHouse includes a neighborhood pocket park which was landscaped at the back of the building and features a magnificent oriental plane tree planted by firefighters, Roger Iverson and John Kunnap during the early 1980s.  
That lot had once been used to dump gravel, which made for a "rocky" start when the sapling was first planted.   Looking at the large tree today, that seems very hard to imagine.  
When the fire station became a community performing arts center, the city gave the building protective landmark status which also applies to the tree.  
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by Dean Kahn, from April 25, 2015 Bellingham Herald

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