Boston Plans for New Fire Station
Mayor Malcolm E. Nichols and Fire Commissioner Eugene C. Hultman, of Boston, Mass., have approved plans drawn by George Ernest Robinson, architect of 80 Federal Street, Boston, for a new firehouse to be situated in Bowdoin Square to house Engine Company No. 4, now in an old house in Bulfinch Street, Engine Company No. 6, now in Leverett Street, West End, Ladder Company No. 24, at present on North Grove Street, Water Tower No. 1, now at Forth Hill Square, and the district chief now stationed with Engine 4.
This new building will be one of the largest and most elaborate structures in America devoted to fire department use. It will be of handsome appearance with large pillars and seven doors for the passage of apparatus. The location is the site of the famous old Revere House and faces on Bowdoin Square. The cost of the land and building will be $650,000.
Every modern convenience will be provided for the firemen in the new house including a tiled porch for recreation purposes, billiard, pool, and game rooms, library, study rooms, gymnasium, and kitchen.
Because of the special truss construction the apparatus floor will be free of supports or posts. Owing to the contour of the lot the building will have a slightly curving front on Cambridge Street, facing the square. The building will be 134 feet wide on Cambridge Street and 112 feet in depth on Bulfinch Street. Fire resistive materials are to be used throughout.
The basement has been planned to provide three bowding alleys with provision for later installation of three additional alleys. In the basement will also be hose racks, clothes dryer room, meter room, and toilets with boiler and coal pocket in separate division.
The apparatus room on the first floor will be 129 feet wide and sixty-eight feet deep with spam faced granite walls and coffered ceiling treated in colors. In the rear of the apparatus floor will be an open workshop with bench, boot sink, and coat hangers with stairs leading to the drill yard in the rear.
The main entrance from Bulfinch Street gives access to a hall to the right of which is the watch room which commanding a view of the apparatus floor and fitted with alarm gongs, telephone, desk, push buttons, etc. Opposite the watch room and between two of the apparatus doors is an amplifier for announcing alarm locations. To the left of the hall or lobby are the rooms of the district chief which include office, bedroom, toilet, and closet.
On the second floor are seven rooms for officers with corridor leading to officers toilets and shower baths. In the rear are seven dormitories facing the drill yard. There is a large wash room with showers and toilets and a room containing 100 steel lockers for boots and clothing. There are smoking rooms for the men and for the officers.
Brass sliding poles lead directly from the dormitories and corridors to the apparatus floor below. The third floor contains a gymnasium, 54 feet by 35 feet, with a platform for lectures or entertainments. To the left of the gym is a dining room and kitchen. On the right of the gym is the officers’ reading room with large fire place. In the rear section of this floor are a trophy room, library, class room, and billiard room. There is a porch overlooking the yard in which are a drill tower, ladder shed, and three hydrants.