A few weeks ago, a reader sent me some amazing photos of an old firehouse that he purchased that he’s in the process of renovating and restoring. After a few emails back and forth, I realized that his firehouse was located in my hometown and that I knew exactly which building it was. Last week I met the owner, Christian Garibaldi, and he gave me a tour of his building and explained his plans for renovation. You will certainly be seeing more of his firehouse as he completes the work. Hopefully he can take a break now and then to take some more photos.
The building was originally built in 1883, when the fire department still used horse-drawn carriages and hand-operated pumpers to fight fires. As modern trucks became larger, it was decided that this smaller firehouse was too small and was decommissioned in 2008. The city sold it at a public auction in 2010.