NEW HOSE HOUSE AT SPRINGFIELD, MASS.
The new hose now being built at Springfield, Mass, is illustrated herewith. Its extreme dimensions are thirty-nine feet front and eighty-four feet deep, the main building being twenty-seven feet and four inches in front. The main building is two stories high. This makes it thirty-seven feet high, and the tower, which is on the south side, is eighty feet high. The exterior of the building is of buff mottled pressed bricks, trimmed with granite and brownstone on the front. The general features of the front of th“ building are the broad doors, two pairs, nine feet wide, opening out and covered by a metal balcony supported on heav brackets, and above this the building is divided by pilasters on the corners and at the centre into two octagon bays of copper set in moulded brick arches, the bays being covered with Spanish copper tiling. Above is a broad cornice of metal surmounted by a balustrade. The other main feature is the hose tower, about twelve feet square, pierced with arched windows at regular intervals and surmounted by a covered bell deck of metal. The work of the side and rear walls is of selected bricks and brownstone trimmings. The interior is very conveniently arranged. The main apparatus room is in front, and occupies a space of twenty-four by forty feet, which is thirteen feet high and well lighted. Connected with this room by means of a broad arch is the lounging room,in which is a work bench and adjoining this is a lavatory and a drying room for the men’s clothes. The main staircase leads from this room to the floor above. In the rear of the lounging room and connected with the main room is the hose tower, being ten feet square and fifty three feet in the clear in height, and above this is the striking room, reached by circular stairs. In the rear of this apparatus room is arranged a space for six stalls, with electric doors opening from them. Back of the stalls is the grooming space, six bv twenty-four feet, and opening out of this in the rear is the shed for exercise wagons. On this side is a large manure pit and space for drying straw. The second story is arranged ior one large dormitory twenty-four by forty feet and thirteen feet high, weli lighted and ventilated. Opening out of this is a lockeToom. and across the ball are two bath rooms and a blanket and linen closet. On the front corner is the captain’s room—this room and the dormitory being connected with the the first story by three sliding poles of brass. The rear of the second floor is occupied by storage room and hay loft. The building will be heated by steam.