July 15, 1940

July 15, 1940

The Los Angeles Fire Department has a collection of vintage fire company photos.

In the LAFD archives, I found images related to Van Nuys’ Engine Company #39 which has occupied a building or two at 14415 Sylvan St. since 1919.


Chuck Madderom Coll.

Chuck Madderom Coll.

Curiously, it seems that present structure, dating to 1939, is merely an Art Deco remodeling of the original neo-classical structure. I could be wrong, but comparing the two buildings, which are in exactly the same location, seems to indicate this.

In the midst of the Great Depression, a grand and completely modern structure was erected or refashioned for a little over $4 a square foot.

Statistics from 1939:

Date Opened
July 25, 1939

Land Cost

Building Cost

Sq.Ft. Main Bld
Main Bld. 15,004
Garage & Storage 1,256
Hand Ball Ct. 1,122

Sq.Ft. Site 100×140
100×140 14,000

Number of Poles: 3


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