Central Fire House, 1947

Teaneck Road & Fairview Avenue

George M. Cady's Central Fire House follows the Georgian Colonial vocabulary of his earlier buildings in the Municipal Government Complex, including the cupola and brick detailing. Teaneck's organized fire protection began in 191 1, when four volunteer companies divided duties throughout the township. By 1915 they had consolidated into the Municipal Fire Company under Chief K. V. Ridley. The present four-bay station is located across the street from the original 1923 headquarters building, which accommodated 10 paid firemen and a volunteer corps. It is an elaborate facility even for its time, housing not only pumpers and ladder company equipment, but extensive living quarters and offices on the second floor. The domestic shuttered fenestration adds character and scale to an otherwise monumental facade fronting the busy street.