Filed Under Red Lodge

Red Lodge City Hall and Fire Station

Red Lodge Commercial Historic District

"A hook and ladder outfit stored at a central point" and a loosely organized volunteer company served as Red Lodge's defense against fire in 1897. A disastrous fire in 1900, which killed one man and destroyed four brick business blocks, highlighted the need for more comprehensive protection. By 1901, Red Lodge boasted a wooden fire hall, a reorganized volunteer fire department, a municipal water system, two hose carts, one hook-and-ladder truck, and two thousand feet of well-maintained hose. Attached to the fire station was a small city hall. By 1939, the structure had become dilapidated, and the city needed more office space. The city applied to the Works Progress Administration for money to replace the old building. A federal Depression-era jobs program, the WPA funded hundreds of projects in Montana including this one, constructed in part from material salvaged from the original structure. The 1939 building housed the city hall, fire and police departments, and jail. The design features stone, wood, and concrete, which creates a textured fa├žade, and stepped parapets, which visually unite the one- and two-story sections.


Red Lodge City Hall and Fire Station, streetview
Red Lodge City Hall and Fire Station, streetview Three still image captures arranged to convey a single panoramic image, and adhered to paper with typed information. b&w print Source: Official records of the Montana State Historic Preservation Office, Helena, Montana Creator: Unidentified photographer Date: 1985


1 Platt Avenue North, Red Lodge, Montana | Public


The Montana National Register Sign Program, “Red Lodge City Hall and Fire Station,” Historic Montana, accessed June 18, 2024,