Parque de Bombas is one of the most photographed and iconic landmarks in Puerto Rico, located in the southern part of Puerto Rico in the city of Ponce. Adults and children visiting Ponce, can’t miss a visit to Parque de Bombas, it is painted in bright red with black stripes it stands out at Las Delicias Historic Square. The wooden firehouse features antique engines and exhibits the history of the most famous firefighter heroes of Puerto Rico.
“The Parque de Bombas de Ponce (Old Ponce Fire Station) was built as the main exhibit pavilion for the 1882 Exhibition Trade Fair. Architect Lt. Col. Maximo Meana of the Spanish Army designed the pavilion; he later served as Ponce’s mayor. In 1885, the building was dedicated as Ponce’s official firehouse–a function which it served for more than 100 years. The wood frame, and Gothic structure exhibits a Moorish influence and is painted in bands of red and black. Today, the building serves as a museum honoring and commemorating Ponce’s firemen.”
Source: National Park Service.