The fire station at 1602 Carrollton Avenue was built to house the city’s segregated African-American firemen, who worked in this station from its construction in 1881 until 1922 when the company moved to Indiana Avenue. This station, renamed Hose Company #16 in the 1890s,  remained in use until 1937. In this photograph, firefighters pose at the funeral procession of Thomas Smith who died in the line of duty when his horse-drawn hose wagon was struck by a College Avenue streetcar on November 8, 1911. He was one of the first four Black firemen hired by the Indianapolis Fire Department in 1876 and the first African-American to die in the line of duty. Smith was memorialized in 2009 when a bench was placed in his honor in the Heroes of Public Safety section at Crown Hill Cemetery. (Photograph from the Indianapolis Firefighters Museum Collection / digital copyright owned by the Indianapolis Public Library)


Although the station has lost some of its architectural charm with the removal of  the decorative curved cornice and arched window, luckily it still survives and has been restored as a private home in the Martindale on the Monon neighborhood. (Google Street View, July 2009)

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