On this Flashback Friday, in honor of the men and women of the Alexandria Fire Department and this weekend’s Friendship Firehouse Festival, via The Library of Congress, here’s a look back at the Columbia Firehouse in Alexandria, Virginia (circa 1918-1950).
In its early history, The Alexandria, Virginia Fire Department included five different volunteer fire companies including the Columbia Fire Company. The Star Fire Company was started in 1799 and then they combined with the Friendship Fire Company in 1852. Its new name became the Columbia Engine Company #4 (as in Engine 204), when it was then equipped with a new steam-powered fire engine in 1883 and was located at 109 South St. Asaph Street in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. You might notice the tall tower in the photo. The tower was used to dry fire hoses back in that time.
How does this old building, which now houses a terrific restaurant that bears the fire company’s name look like today?? Here’s a more recent look at the same building that houses the Columbia Firehouse Restaurant.
Station #4 is now station 204, located in the Northeast neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia.