This is not a drill — a historic converted Newport, R.I., firehouse has hit the market for the first time in more than 30 years.
Built in 1885 and serving as a fire station until 1915, Fire Station No. 1 at 25 Mill St. was closed after horse-drawn steam engines were phased out. The building was sold at auction shortly thereafter and later purchased and restored in 1991. Now the property is on the market for $3,495,000. Michelle Drum of Gustave White Sotheby’s International Realty is handling the listing.
Measuring 6,270 square feet, the building offers one bedroom, two full bathrooms, and two half bathrooms. It boasts original features such as functioning barn doors and a brass fire pole. The property’s crown jewel is the 65-foot lookout tower. The Hurricane of 1938 destroyed the original, but the tower was rebuilt in 1990, according to Realtor.com.
Those arched barn doors open onto a garage boasting 12-foot ceilings and concrete and steel beam floors. The ground floor is also home to a bedroom, bathroom, and private entrance. The space boasts large south-facing windows, exposed brick, and 12-foot ceilings.
The second floor is divided into three areas currently configured into office space, complete with cubicles and glass block walls. Here, you’ll find original wood beams, restored windows, and a fire pole just waiting for someone to slide down.
The property is on the National Register of Historic Places, which touts it as the former home to “one of the first organized fire companies in America.” A plaque on the building says the station was closed because “the steep incline of Mill Street proved too challenging for the early model trucks.”
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