Preston Royal Fire Station — 1958
by Paula Bosse
Station No. 41, 5920 Royal Lane (click for larger image)
by Paula Bosse
Above, Dallas Fire Station 41 on Royal Lane, just west of Preston Road, about the time it opened (the back of the photo says service at the station began Jan. 16, 1958). It looks as if it’s been set down upon a bleak and barren piece of land in the middle of nowhere, but, actually, commercial development in this Preston Hollow-area neighborhood was … um … on fire in 1958. The large shopping centers at Preston and Royal were under construction at this time, and even though it was very far north, it was most certainly a desirable area in which to live (as, of course, it still is).
The station was designed by architect Raymond F. Smith who had previously designed a couple of other fire stations in town, but who was known mainly for his work designing movie theaters, such as the Casa Linda (1945), the Delman (1947), and — hey! — the (long-gone) Preston Royal Theatre, which opened in 1959 right across the street from this fire station (both of which were, rather conveniently, a mere four blocks away from Smith’s Royal Lane residence).
The station is still in operation, working to keep North Dallas flame-free — it just has a few more neighbors (and trees!) now than it did in 1958.
UPDATED Oct. 22, 2019: A powerful tornado hit northwest Dallas on Oct. 20, 2019 and devastated much of the Preston Hollow area. This fire station was hit hard, and it is currently out of commission. Below are photos from DFR’s Twitter feed.
Sources & Notes
Photo from the Dallas Firefighters Museum, via the Portal to Texas History. It can be viewed here.
Second image of the firehouse from Google Street View.
Bottom two photos of the station post-tornado are from the Twitter feed of @DallasFireRes_q.
Copyright © 2014 Paula Bosse. All Rights Reserved.
we are still recovering from that tornado in October 2019, unfortunately
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