The rescue and renovation of a historic single engine fire station.
After a long process of pursuing the right contacts at the City of Cincinnati who was intending that the facility be used for storage, the former CFD 51 fire station was purchased in the fall of 2009. The fire station had been abused over it’s 100+ year life with little maintenance or remodeling ever taking place. What work was performed in it’s duration of service was of mediocre craftsmanship and ultimately created hazards that had to be dealt with. Every single square inch of the building had to be touched. All wiring, plumbing, and hvac systems were completely removed and replaced with modern systems. The existing roof was failing and the building had no insulation so a top of the line white EPDM (rubber) roof was installed over 7+ inches of rigid insulation. Once the core systems of the building were addressed, the remodel was able to take place:
The original lineoleum tile floor was removed from the concrete slab. The slab was cut and trenched to allow the installation of new plumbing. In floor radiant heat was placed on top of the existing slab and a new topping slab was poured. The concrete was then stained and sealed. The kitchen received new maple cabinets, stainless appliances, stainless counter tops, and custom light fixtures. The custom artistic touches included an island that was wrapped with reclaimed beadboard and topped with a paper decoupage that looked like leather when finished. A custom mural of the original Ahrens-Fox (fire engine manufacturer) was painted on a wall. A hand built banquet was installed to create seating for the custom table that was made from a reclaimed bowling alley. The original exterior horse door (the kitchen was originally the stable) was refurbished.