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San José Fire Museum celebrates new home

After more than 160 years of service to the citizens of San José, the San José Fire Department’s rich history has officially found a new home in the long dormant Old Fire Station 1 on North Market Street in Downtown San José.

The morning of Thursday, February 26, 2015 marked one of the most important events in the museum’s history as Lee and Diane Brandenburg, through the Brandenburg Family Foundation, donated $1 million to the San José Fire Museum to secure the purchase of the Art Deco structure that will eventually house one of the nation’s finest collections of antique fire apparatus and equipment.

With supporters looking on, museum president John McMillan thanked those in attendance for their support and efforts to relocate the museum from a warehouse inside the city’s Central Service Yard on Phelan Avenue to the Old Fire Station 1, closed since the year 2000.

Now that the museum has a new home in the heart of San José, the goal is to continue critical fundraising efforts while working to have the museum ready by August 2019.
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