The Palama Fire Station’s basic structure is of English Bond brick and when it was built in 1901 it boasted all of the most modern equipment of the time. A 75′ brick stucco fire hose drying tower immediately identifies the structure as a turn of the century fire station. The significance of the Palama Fire Station is it was designed by O.G. Traphagen, who was a turn of the century landmark architect, and it was the first fire station in Hawaii to utilize modern firefighting equipment. Also the buildings brickwork is a unique example of skilled masonry construction techniques. The building exhibits unique design characteristics of Mediterranean and Romanesque styles and was the first example of Mediterranean architecture in Hawaii.
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