Preservation Status 

The permitting phase for the Houston Fire Museum’s preservation project is almost complete. 

Working on an aging building is a slow process and has the potential to be riddled with surprises. The Museum’s Board of Trustees, REPRACTICE architecture, and Tellepsen Builders are doing their due diligence to ensure the structural integrity of "Old 7’s."

Currently the building is going through an investigation phase to reveal the condition of the structure that may be concealed behind the stucco, plaster, and wood ceiling. This process should take 3 to 4 months. Upon completion of this phase, the design team will revise drawings to address the findings.

Bridging the Past & the Future

The Houston Fire Museum’s greatest “artifact” is its physical home. Housed in historic Fire Station No. 7, it was the city’s first station built specifically for Houston’s original paid fire department in 1899. The building, fondly called “Old 7’s,” is Houston’s oldest historic fire station still standing today. In 1986 it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places and was recorded as a Texas Historic Landmark in 1988. 

It has been years since any preservation or restoration work has been completed within the historic firehouse. The building is in urgent need of repair. Structural problems, such as interior and exterior wall cracks, threaten the landmark with decay. The building’s iconic façade holds many issues that must be addressed to preserve the historical architecture for future generations. In recent years, persistent leaks have forced the museum to place many exhibits in storage. Additionally, the visitor experience is hindered by accessibility issues, no centralized air conditioning system, as well as non-ADA compliant restrooms. Due to these conditions, the Museum is no longer able to safely and comfortably accommodate visitors.

The Trustees of the Houston Fire Museum have developed a vision to restore and preserve the historic Station No. 7, while also enhancing indoor spaces to support innovative educational and community programming. The Houston Fire Museum is excited to embark on Phase I of Old 7’s – Bridging the Past & the Future Capital Campaign. Through this project, Houston’s Fire Station No. 7 will be fully restored to its former glory, reflecting the pride of our city and our fire department.

May we count on you to support this important preservation project? Please consider making a gift that will enable the Houston Fire Museum and its legacy to continue for years to come.

All gifts are tax deductible and greatly appreciated.

Please contact Kate Ryther Executive Director at kate@houstonfiremuseum.org for additional information.