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Property Name Ceiba Fire Station
Reference Number 13000012
State Puerto Rico
County Ceiba
Town Ceiba
Street Address 226 Lauro Pineiro Avenue, Ceiba, PR
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 02/13/2013
Areas of Significance Social History
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Ceiba's fire station, built in 1954 claims local significance under Criterion A (Social History). Its operation and operators are acknowledged as having played an important role in averting disaster on several occasions when large scale fires threatened to extend beyond their source of ignition. To this day, the property links the present with a complex past shaped by myriad processes and influences of great impact. The fire station's prototypical design by Engineer Raul Buxeda harks back to Puerto Rico's war effort to prepare in case of an attack. Two high-profile personalities played an important role in defining a course of action, including the construction of fire fighting facilities: Governor Rexford G. Tugwell and Puerto Rico's Fire Chief, Raul Gandara. Their objectives and decisions - paired with the construction (and scale) of military base Roosevelt Roads- had direct bearing on the unpretentious fire station built at Ceiba much later, still standing, no longer in service, but nevertheless a local icon.


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