Central Fire Station
Tour Stop 8
Central Fire StationSpeaking of modern architecture, this central fire station was designed by local architect T. Ewing Shelton in 1964. Shelton's first project in Fayetteville was the 1936 renovation of the Wolf Building into the City Administration Building (which we'll see later in this tour). In addition to numerous other local commercial and institutional buildings, he designed three smaller Fayetteville fire stations in this same style.
The son of a pioneer Washington County family, Shelton is mostly known for being the architect for several Arkansas courthouses and for his unique school design called "Maximlite" for which he received a US patent in 1956, reportedly the first patent ever for a building. He subsequently built schools all across the United States in 37 states and Canada.
Shelton's great aunt Mary started the first private primary school in Fayetteville, and that leads us to a very important educational site just down the street behind the fire station.
Photo Courtesy of: Gary Coover, Coover Consultants History provided by: Gary Coover, Coover Consultants