Engine #8 Fire Station Renovations

OVERVIEW

The Taylor Square Firehouse, a historic fire station in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The brick building, designed by local architect Charles Greco, was built in 1904 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.

Though the building plan was standard in its design, as dictated by its end-use, it was finished with intricate architectural details that included a projecting cornice with large wooden brackets, patterned brickwork on the parapet, and truck bays that feature the Moorish Revival horseshoe arch design that includes an arch that bulges outwards from the base, forming a curve that looks like a horseshoe. The fire station is known as one of the most elaborate of the fire stations built by the city in that period.

The building required a complete renovation due to the increased size of the City of Cambridge’s fire truck engines and in order to bring this public building up to current code standards.  The City called upon W.T. Rich Company to completely gut and renovate this historic fire station. 

HIGHLIGHTS

Project Information

Location: Cambridge, MA

Completion: 2004

Contract Value: $3,9 million

Size: 25,000 SF

Type:  Renovation and Historical Restoration

Owner: City of Cambridge

Designer: Allen M. Lieb Architects, Lynnfield, MA

Delivery Method: Design / Bid / Build

CHALLENGES & SOLUTIONS

 

RESULTS

W.T. Rich Company completed the project ahead of schedule and to the rave reviews of the designer and the City of Cambridge.  

"W. T. Rich and your staff are to be commended for your professionalism, your commitment to excellence and ultimately for the quality of the end product you deliver.  On the Engine 8 Fire Station project for the City Cambridge, the project was well planned, on time, on budget and of exceptional quality.  There is no doubt in my mind that the involvement of your team was critical to the successful completion of this challenging project and that your work well exceeded the City's expectations."

Allen Lieb, Project Architect
Allen Lieb Architects
Engine #8 Fire Station Renovations

  • "W. T. Rich and your staff are to be commended for your professionalism, your commitment to excellence and ultimately for the quality of the end product you deliver.  On the Engine 8 Fire Station project for the City Cambridge, the project was well planned, on time, on budget and of exceptional quality.  There is no doubt in my mind that the involvement of your team was critical to the successful completion of this challenging project and that your work well exceeded the City's expectations."

    Allen Lieb, Project Architect
    Allen Lieb Architects
    Engine #8 Fire Station Renovations