Using historic photographs, architect Anthony Szekalski was able to restore many original features, including fish-scale siding, dentilated cornice detail, and a patterned front door. The firehouse’s hose-drying and bell towers were also recreated.
Make It Home:
Old photographs and records from the local historic society provide a gold mine of restoration information, helping to nail down historically accurate measurements and details.
You can't always tell the gift from its package, so when hunting for an adaptive reuse candidate, look beneath the surface appearance. In the case of the firehouse, unattractive imitation-brick asphalt shingles preserved the original clapboard siding.