Savvy consumers have known that it is less costly to buy and convert an old structure than build a new one, but the charm and architectural distinction of the past may lend a desirable aura to the functions and practices of the present. Particularly valuable, of course, are structures exhibiting types and degrees of craftsmanship that may no longer exist, or only be attainable through prohibitive expense.
Firehouses are one such example. Although firehouses have always been designed primarily for vehicular storage, they were also designed to blend in with the neighborhood. And for that reason they are much better to look at than the average garage because the public owner has to satisfy private neighbors. The result is a building outline and roof shapes that are dominant. The garage doors were secondary, recessed in the wall plan and often surmounted by a balcony or other controlling element. Further, the doors are treated as voids, like windows, and painted in dark colors.
The thing that works in old firehouses is the ground level interior parking and, sometimes, a ground level kitchen. One does not want to build parking pads in front of houses: they don’t look good and a number of parking pads in a row is a recipe for declining real estate values. A parking pad is also bad for security reasons because an empty driveway fairly shouts that no one is home, whereas with street or garage parking no one is the wiser.
This object of this search is to locate old firehouses that have been retired from active duty, and are now serving as something else: home, store, artist’s studio, school, restaurant, etc.
Do not visit the above co-ordinates. They will lead you to a converted firehouse in Summit, NJ.
Please send e-mail with:
1. A photo of the firehouse, with your GPS’r, and if possible a member of your team. (No Internet photos, please. I’ve seen them all.)
Standard locationless rules apply: Only one log per firehouse, only one log per geocacher, please. The search thus far:
2. The note should include the name of the street and town the converted fire station is on.
3. Give the GPS coordinates as well.
Australia: North Adelaide, Sydney
Germany: Hamburg, Kirchwerder
Netherlands: Ter Apel
Canada Alberta: Galgary
British Columbia: Delta
New Brunswick: St. John Ontario: Petrolia, Toronto
CA: Los Angeles, LA Engine Co. #28, Old Sacramento, Pasadena, Vacaville,Venice, Woodland
CT: East Hartford, Milford
CO: Denver Idaho Springs,
IN: Elkhart, Indianapolis, Mishawaka, South Bend
KS: Osborne, Wichita
KY: Louisville (Washington St.) Louisville (Bardstown Rd.)
MD: Baltimore, Hagerstown, Perryville
MI: Calumet, Lapper, Traverse City
NJ: Basking Ridge, Bordentown, Summit
NY: Rochester, Syracuse, (Tealle St.)
OH: Cincinnati, Germantown, Madras, Woodlawn
OK: Norman, Owasso
OR: Bend, Madras, North Portland, Portland
PA: Campbelltown, Hanover, Harrisburg (North 6th st, N. 2nd St.), Middletown, York,
NC: Charlotte (CFD No. 2), Winston-Salem
SC: Charleston, Columbia
TN: Fayetteville, Franklin, Nashville, Nolensville
VT: Old Bennington