New Butchertown Fire Station
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The new Butchertown Fire Station on Spring Street near Story Avenue opened last week (has it really been since last October that we checked in?) and now it’s time to take a look at how the finished building stacks up to the rendering. It’s well… nearly identical. It’s rare to see such a close match.

The new station replaces the Frankfort Avenue station at Pope Street which was designed to handle a single, horse-drawn fire wagon in 1891. The new station has three bays able to handle larger modern equipment and was designed by Studio A Architecture to incorporate elements from the neighborhood to help the building fit in the historic neighborhood.

The finished building may be made of red brick but it’s really green. The design includes geothermal heating and cooling, pervious concrete to slow rainwater runoff, and energy-efficient LED lights in the dormitories. A new fire station recently opened in Portland and another is undergoing design for the Beechmont neighborhood.

The old fire station building will eventually be sold for redevelopment, but the process hasn’t begun yet. The City hopes to sit down with the neighborhood and developers to figure out what use would be best for the historic building and the Clifton neighborhood. The building won’t be sold to a speculative buyer, but someone with a plan in mind to improve the community.

Rendering of Butchertown Fire Station (by Studio A)
Rendering of Butchertown Fire Station. (Courtesy Studio A)
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Branden Klayko

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