The new 12,500 sf 1-1/2 story state-of-art fire station replaced the former Engine 21 station built in 1891 for a single, horse-drawn wagon.
The new station, located in the historic Butchertown area east of downtown Louisville, is designed with accommodations for up to thirty fire fighters with separate living, training, and sleeping facilities. The three-vehicle apparatus bay will house Engine 21 with adequate storage and work space, an EMS unit, and a spare bay for future expansion.
The architecture of the fire station incorporates several design elements and materials in the surrounding neighborhood; the brick veneer, rusticated stone base, and decorative stone cornices gives the facility a historic presence in the neighborhood. Fire Station 21 includes several “green” designs features, including a geothermal heating and cooling system, energy-efficient LED lighting, pervious concrete paving, and an innovative storm water collecting system, a bioswale, for mediating site drainage.