New Repair Shop for Boston.
Work on the new repair shop of the Boston fire department, to be built at the corner of Bristol and Albany streets, in place of the old shops that were destroyed by fire last August, will be started at once. The contract has been let and it is expected that the building will be completed about July 1. The new building, which was designed by Parker. Thomas & Rice, of that city, is to be thoroughly fireproof and first class in every particular, and will cost about $100,000. It will have a frontage of 70 feet on Albany street and 100 feet on Bristol street. It will he four stories high, one story higher than the old building, which occupied the same site. The walls will he of brick and all floors will be of concrete construction. The windows will have metal frames and sash glazed with wire glass. The wood flnish will be reduced to the minimum, as there is to be only a small amount of trim and finish in the superintendent’s office. The elevator, which is to lift the engines will have a platform 12 by 16, and a capacity of carrying 10 tons. It will be one of the features of the building and one of the largest elevators in that section of the country. The exterior of the building will be constructed of hard burned buff brick with limestone trimmings to harmonize with the present fire headquarters. No money is to be spent on ornamentation, all the expense going toward substantial construction and fire protection. The building will be protected by a sprinkler system inside and by a water curtain outside.