Central Ohio Fire Museum

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Central Ohio Fire Museum
Engine House No. 16, Central Ohio Fire Museum.jpg
Location260 N. Fourth St., Columbus, Ohio
Coordinates 39°58′06″N82°59′49″W / 39.968216°N 82.996952°W / 39.968216; -82.996952 Coordinates: 39°58′06″N82°59′49″W / 39.968216°N 82.996952°W / 39.968216; -82.996952
Type Fire museum
Public transit accessAiga bus trans.svg COTA alt logo.svg 6, 9, CMAX
Website centralohiofiremuseum.wordpress.com
Engine House No. 16
Central Ohio Fire Museum
Interactive map highlighting the museum's location
AreaLess than one acre
Architectural styleLate 19th and Early 20th Century American Movements
NRHP reference No. 95000580 [1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHPMay 11, 1995
Designated CRHPMay 9, 1983

The Central Ohio Fire Museum is a firefighting museum in downtown Columbus, Ohio. The museum is housed in the former Engine House No. 16 of the Columbus Fire Department, built in 1908. It was listed on the Columbus Register of Historic Properties in 1983 and the National Register of Historic Places in 1995. [1] [2]


The building was completed in 1908, built as the last in the city to accommodate horse-drawn engines (the transition to motorized equipment began one year later). It was remodeled several times for larger equipment, and was closed in 1982 when the new Engine House No. 1 was built two blocks away. The city began leasing the station to the Central Ohio Fire Museum, which facilitated a restoration of the building's exterior in 1990. The facade's third story and decorative parapet were rebuilt, along with the top of its hose tower. New doors were added based on the original design as well. [2]

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  1. 1 2 "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places . National Park Service. November 2, 2013.
  2. 1 2 "National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: Engine House No. 16". National Park Service . Retrieved October 7, 2018.