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TERRELL HILLS CITY HALL

The city of Terrell Hills incorporated in the 1930's and purchased a fire station building that was just within their newly formed city limits from the City of San Antonio that bordered them. This classic 1920s era Spanish Style two story station 6,000 sf stucco structure became the fire, police, city hall and sanitation departments and served as a civic landmark for this bedroom community for decades. Three adjacent houses were purchased and removed to make way for the 10,000 sf addition.

The owner requested that a single lobby serve the fire department, police department and city hall. To accomplish this, the former backside of the building became the side with the main entrance lobby resulting in no back or front facades. Although the street facades have no public entrance, they still serve as the landmarks for this community. The elements of these facades continue to articulate city services….the second level balcony speaks of firemen living quarters, open bay doors display the readiness of the fire department, the clock tower is actually a hose drying rack and the large windows allude to the open and transparent nature of this city government. The massing is articulated much like the estate houses in Terrell Hills to respond to the sweeping street corner and the 25' change in topography across this small site. Details of roof edges, stucco texture and openings were used to honor the old station that reinforced the age old message that the structure is a gateway to the community.

Sustainable design elements include:

Design Team:
John Grable Architects &
OCO Architects

Contractor:
G.W. Mitchell Construction

Engineers:
Alpha Consulting Engineers
DBR Engineering

Landscape Architect:
Kudela & Weinheiner

Photographer:
Dror Baldinger AIA

Type: Public

Location: Terrell Hills, TX

Building Area: 16,700 Sq.Ft.

Status: Built 05.2013

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