One - defined as the only individual of an implied kind. Station 1 is certainly the only one of its kind. Designed and built to be partially powered by solar energy, Station 1 opened March 15, 1978. Mounted above the apparatus room doors of Station 1 is a sunburst - a symbol of the unique experiment which occurred there.
In 1978, solar power was relatively new. The City of Dallas decided to test the state of the art by installing a solar heating and cooling system. Shortly after installation, the solar heating and cooling systems began malfunctioning. When the warranty expired, it was not economically feasible to "revive" the systems. The system designed to save on energy bills never realized that savings during its operation. In March 1979, station 1 switched totally to conventional energy.
A large station with 8,542 square feet, its clean architectural lines and concrete exterior give it a futuristic appearance. Station 1 serves the Trinity Industrial District and the residential / commercial Oak Lawn area. This includes the internationally renown Dallas Market Center, World Trade Center, and the InfoMart.
There have been two prior fire stations known as #1. The first Station 1 was built in 1894 at McKinney and Leonard Streets. That station is still standing. Painted a buff gray, the building houses a graphic design business. This station was closed concurrently with the second Station 5 at Bryon and Hawkins Streets to open in 1928 another Station 1 at 2300 Ross Avenue at Leonard Street. This closed in 1975 when the present Station 18 opened.