Old Fire Station 1 at 29 N. Broad St. was built in 1884 and originally used as a schoolhouse. In the last 129 years it has also served as the Fairfield Municipal Building, the city jail, church, Masonic hall, police station and for over 80 years a fire station. After the new station 1 was completed, the old station was closed on January 5, 2007.
While most in the community believed the city intended to reuse this building as a heritage center or museum it is now classified a storage garage. In the 2012-2016 Capital Improvement Projects Summary the Fairborn City Council allocated $90,000 for the demolition of this building.
The Save Our Historic Firehouse Committee has been working since June of 2012 to make people aware of efforts to save and use the Old Firehouse / Fairfield School building at 29 N. Broad St. The committee set up booths at Heritage Days, the Corn Festival, 4th of July Block Party and distributed flyers along the parade route. We have received a very positive response and created enthusiasm for the old firehouse to be used as a Heritage Center/Museum.
2004: Voters in the city of Fairborn passed a tax levy that would enable the fire department to build two new fire stations. When citizens voiced their concern about the fate of old station 1, they were told it would be turned into a Heritage Center.
2006: Fairborn’s city manager at that time worked together with a group of citizens who were interested in helping preserve and protect this building. This group met each month and everyone thought progress was being made.
2007: In January, old station 1 was closed for the last time. The city of Fairborn hired a new city manager and the group stopped being notified of future meetings. Members of the group were given various reasons for why the group was dissolved including the city not having enough money and that nicer buildings are being torn down in other places.
2012: Many from the original group and some newer faces were brought together after finding out the city had set aside $90,000 for demolition of this structure. Since 2007 this building has been used as a storage garage. Unfortunately, that is all some people think this 129 year old building deserves. We believe it deserves more.
Fairborn Heritage Center
The city of Fairborn has $90,000 set aside for demolition of this 129 year old building. The city says that was only on the budget in case the building is damaged. Our goal is to find a way to save it for public use.
The purpose is to preserve the unique history of how Fairborn was created and protect this building from an alternate, less useful fate.
This is one of the most important historic buildings in Fairborn. It is in close proximity to the Mercer-Smith log house and the Fairborn Theatre. We are hoping that along with the log house, Theatre and the Firehouse we can not only protect and preserve the rich history of this town but also provide unique locations for people to visit on Broad Street. Bringing more business to the Downtown and Broad Street area.
Please help us save this wonderful old building by getting involved.
The committee is currently researching and applying for grants and has received donations to help in getting this structure on the way to renovation. It is possible they will have some grant money by late summer.
The committee has also done a mailing to over 300 alumni of Bath Township Consolidated School and hope continue mailings to reach more recent graduates of all Fairborn city schools. We sincerely thank everyone who has donated to date.
We ask that you join us in our efforts to preserve and renovate this structure. Please contact us if you would like to participate in any way. A project like this will not only require monetary donations but also donations of time and skill.
We have been contacted by people from all over the country that have artifacts, memorabilia, pictures, etc. from Old & New Osborn, Fairfield and early Fairborn that they would like to be stored and displayed at the Heritage Center. We are also hoping to make contacts at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. They have been instrumental in the growth of this city and may have items related to this area they would let us display.
If you have items with historic significance from Old Osborn or Old Fairfield that you would like to donate or loan to the Heritage Center when it opens we would love to hear from you.
Save Our Historic Firehouse
P.O. Box 3285
Fairborn, Ohio 45324