While its history as a firehouse is buried a century deep, Redwood Hose Station 8 still stands with a commanding presence in Newport, R.I.
But back in 2006, when its current owners were handed the keys, what is now a polished single-family home could have literally fallen to pieces.
After an extensive renovation, the former firehouse now blends a mix of its original historic charm with many modern innovations – it does sport a 200-amp Tesla car charger, after all.
And for someone who’s dreamed of sliding down a fire pole in their very own home, the firehouse is for sale, listed for $4,700,000. It includes four bedrooms, three baths, and 4,158 square feet of living space.
Back in 2006, the sellers learned shortly after they purchased the home that the mortar between the bricks had crumbled and that all that was holding them in place was sand, according to the listing agent, Jessica Chase of Gustave White Sotheby’s International Realty. “What was supposed to be a somewhat easier project turned into a three-and-a-half-year project,” Chase said.
All 27,000 bricks were painstakingly taken down; 30 capstones on the roof were removed as well. Workers carefully documented their exact positions.
The home was carefully put back together, and the sellers chose modern and environmentally friendly innovations with the help of architect David Hacin. These include geothermal heating and solar panels on the roof. Sustainable wood was also used throughout the home, according to Chase. The work garnered the property a Doris Duke Historic Preservation Award in 2009.
“It was all about creating a space that was natural,” Chase said, noting that there is a lot of natural light, thanks to large windows and a skylight.
Just four of the original windows remain, but the ones added help to maintain the firehouse’s historic character, Chase said. “They were all made to look like they were original.”
The home has ceilings that are 10 to 12 feet high and flooring with radiant heat, according to the listing. The kitchen includes marble countertops and a breakfast bar. The master suite takes up an entire floor and features an insulated tub, a steam shower, and an ipe deck. There’s also a guest suite with two bedrooms, a kitchenette, and a bathroom.
For those not keen on gliding down the fire pole, or who perhaps want to skip taking the stairs, the home also has an elevator that goes to all four floors, according to the listing.
“To me, it’s a piece of art,” Chase said of the whole property, which ceased being an active fire station in 1912.
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