Author Topic: Adaptive reuse of historic fire station  (Read 8580 times)

fieldafm

  • Editor
  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 4534
Adaptive reuse of historic fire station
« on: July 11, 2012, 10:57:44 AM »
Brooklyn's fire station's fate is probably already sealed now that the property transfer is complete, but came across this really cool re-use that is at least somehwhat topical (if only to show that with imagination, every building has a second or third(or fourth) life.

I've come across several fire stations repurposed into restaurants(three this year alone, favorite was in Chicago) and homes(there is one downtown)

http://blog.preservationnation.org/2012/07/03/slideshow-the-coolest-restored-and-adapted-fire-station-in-houston-texas/#/

















This is the aforementioned Chicago one (I have pictures, but can't access my camera at the moment)







Can't find a picture online (I have some in the camera), but the Chicago restaurant has a really cool outside patio as well.

vicupstate

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 3660
Re: Adaptive reuse of historic fire station
« Reply #1 on: July 11, 2012, 11:25:18 AM »
Very impressive. Thanks for posting.

Not really applicable to Jax though.  Can you find any pics of a concrete foundation left over after a Fire Station was demolished? Preferrably with cars parked on it? 
"The problem with quotes on the internet is you can never be certain they're authentic." - Abraham Lincoln

fieldafm

  • Editor
  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 4534
Re: Adaptive reuse of historic fire station
« Reply #2 on: July 11, 2012, 11:50:32 AM »
Former parking lots:













Last two are part of San Francisco's Parklet program which even has a dedicated website on how to apply for a one year renewable permit:
sfbetterstreets.org

Bridges

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 801
Re: Adaptive reuse of historic fire station
« Reply #3 on: July 11, 2012, 12:11:24 PM »
I know it's an old police station, but Dillon's in Boston was a pretty cool setup. 



So I said to him: Arthur, Artie come on, why does the salesman have to die? Change the title; The life of a salesman. That's what people want to see.

fieldafm

  • Editor
  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 4534
Re: Adaptive reuse of historic fire station
« Reply #4 on: July 11, 2012, 12:53:18 PM »
I know it's an old police station, but Dillon's in Boston was a pretty cool setup. 

Was just there two weeks ago.  They have a cool outdoor patio.

Goody Glovers (although not an adaptive reuse in the context of my original post) nearby also has a cool setup with elevated hardwood floors and huge windows that open up to the street.

BrooklynSouth

  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 114
Re: Adaptive reuse of historic fire station
« Reply #5 on: July 11, 2012, 03:33:46 PM »
Problem: Firehouse Subs could use a new location after the Five Points fire, and EverBank and Blue Cross need more places for lunch. Solution: move the business to an actual firehouse!
"Taxes are the price we pay for civilization." --  Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Timkin

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 3635
Re: Adaptive reuse of historic fire station
« Reply #6 on: July 11, 2012, 07:50:23 PM »
Problem: Firehouse Subs could use a new location after the Five Points fire, and EverBank and Blue Cross need more places for lunch. Solution: move the business to an actual firehouse!

Could not agree more, Brooklyn.  wish current owner of Fire Station 5 could be the hero and revamp the place. Also wish Firehouse subs could relocate to that location. great spot to have a place to eat!!

mtraininjax

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 5414
Re: Adaptive reuse of historic fire station
« Reply #7 on: July 11, 2012, 10:54:28 PM »
Give it enough time, Brooklyn fills in, hey maybe people will change their mind. Hallmark needs to hurry the hell up and start breaking ground, but yeah, it could happen.
And, that $115 will save Jacksonville from financial ruin. - Mayor John Peyton

“This is a game-changer. This is what I mean when I say taking Jacksonville to the next level.”
-Mayor Alvin Brown on new video boards at Everbank Field

fieldafm

  • Editor
  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 4534
Re: Adaptive reuse of historic fire station
« Reply #8 on: July 12, 2012, 11:49:32 AM »
Problem: Firehouse Subs could use a new location after the Five Points fire, and EverBank and Blue Cross need more places for lunch. Solution: move the business to an actual firehouse!

You would have to move the actual fire station... which is not cheap and you can't move it very far due to clearance issues.

That complicates the situation more than just a simple reuse project.

vicupstate

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 3660
Re: Adaptive reuse of historic fire station
« Reply #9 on: September 30, 2015, 08:13:29 PM »
An abandoned 1920's Fire Station in Charlotte should soon see a new reincarnation courtesy of a Panthers player.


http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/business/biz-columns-blogs/whats-in-store/article37020510.html
"The problem with quotes on the internet is you can never be certain they're authentic." - Abraham Lincoln

CCMjax

  • Sr. Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 455
  • "That's what we're here for boys . . . to win!!"
Re: Adaptive reuse of historic fire station
« Reply #10 on: September 30, 2015, 11:42:16 PM »
The one in Chicago is called Firehouse Steakhouse I believe.  That was my favorite steakhouse in the city, but I think it was mainly because it was such a unique atmosphere.  Much better than the more touristy overpriced ones right downtown.  Every time I pass by the one on Riverside I think of that place.
"The first man who, having enclosed a piece of ground, bethought himself of saying 'This is mine,' and found people simple enough to believe him, was the real founder of civil society." - Jean Jacques Rousseau

thelakelander

  • The Jaxson
  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 32872
    • Modern Cities
Re: Adaptive reuse of historic fire station
« Reply #11 on: October 01, 2015, 06:32:17 AM »
It might be too late for Fire Station 5, but it would be cool to see this one converted into something similar to what's shown in Field's images:

"A man who views the world the same at 50 as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.” - Muhammad Ali

strider

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 1933
Re: Adaptive reuse of historic fire station
« Reply #12 on: October 01, 2015, 09:10:02 AM »
The station pictured above has been a residence for many years now. A cool place, it just needed some curb cuts for indoor parking to be more desirable, IMHO.

The one on Riverside, why is to too late for it? It seems in a great location now that 220 and the other apartments are filling up.  Seems like the historic building would be far more valuable now with the new development than a vacant lot or torn down for something new.
"My father says that almost the whole world is asleep. Everybody you know. Everybody you see. Everybody you talk to. He says that only a few people are awake and they live in a state of constant total amazement." Patrica, Joe VS the Volcano.

vicupstate

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 3660
Re: Adaptive reuse of historic fire station
« Reply #13 on: October 01, 2015, 09:25:38 AM »
The station pictured above has been a residence for many years now. A cool place, it just needed some curb cuts for indoor parking to be more desirable, IMHO.

The one on Riverside, why is to too late for it? It seems in a great location now that 220 and the other apartments are filling up.  Seems like the historic building would be far more valuable now with the new development than a vacant lot or torn down for something new.

Indeed.  I have been in the pictured station and it is a showplace.   
"The problem with quotes on the internet is you can never be certain they're authentic." - Abraham Lincoln

thelakelander

  • The Jaxson
  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 32872
    • Modern Cities
Re: Adaptive reuse of historic fire station
« Reply #14 on: October 01, 2015, 09:52:23 AM »
The station pictured above has been a residence for many years now. A cool place, it just needed some curb cuts for indoor parking to be more desirable, IMHO.

I was thinking about something more interactive at street level on such a prime corner. I know the structure was for sale at one time, but I'm not sure of its current status.

Quote
The one on Riverside, why is to too late for it? It seems in a great location now that 220 and the other apartments are filling up.  Seems like the historic building would be far more valuable now with the new development than a vacant lot or torn down for something new.

Fidelity owns the site now.

http://mayportmirror.jacksonville.com/news/metro/2009-12-06/story/jacksonville_must_move_fire_station_5_or_demolish_it

I have no idea what their long term plans are for the site. However, they own it and the larger parcel surrounding it. Combined it's a total of 1.21 acres. In the event they ever need more space, that's enough land to put a multistory building on.
"A man who views the world the same at 50 as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.” - Muhammad Ali