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Bridging the Past & the Future

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


Interior and exterior wall cracks, water intrusion, and other structural issues pose a threat to the landmark’s longevity. There are also many issues with the building’s iconic facade which need to be addressed to preserve this piece of historic architecture for future generations. Many years have passed since the building has seen any preservation or restoration, and it is in urgent need of repair.


In partnership with REPRACTICE architecture, Tellepsen Builders, and D/G Studios, the trustees of the Houston Fire Museum have developed a plan to restore and preserve "Old 7’s," while enhancing indoor spaces to support innovative, educational, and community programming, as well as develop a Museum Exhibit Masterplan. 


Old 7’s – Bridging the Past & the Future Capital Campaign has been established to reach the $8,000,000 project goal. The Houston Fire Museum is grateful and honored to have Camden Property Trust as the lead donor, having generously donated $1,000,000 towards the campaign. 


The Houston Fire Museum is seeking contributions from its members and the Houston community in support of the enhancements and historic preservation. Working together, "Old 7’s" can be restored to its former glory, and continue to reflect the pride of our city and the Houston Fire Department. 


May we count on your support for this momentous preservation endeavor? Please consider making a contribution 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 for additional information.

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