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2011

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The Fire Houses Of Charleston, South Carolina 1881 - 1943, Rebecca Marie Moffatt May 2011

The Fire Houses Of Charleston, South Carolina 1881 - 1943, Rebecca Marie Moffatt

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From the first Charleston settlement in 1670, fire has posed an ever present threat. For this reason, fire fighting took on an important role even in its earliest forms within the city. As firefighting techniques evolved so did the buildings used to house both the equipment and the men used for such a task.
This thesis studies the architecture of the Charleston Fire Department. From its early beginnings in 1881 when the newly formed department absorbed the former volunteer companies, to the more recent buildings (ending with the structure built in 1943) which were constantly being added as the needs …