Elm Street Fire Station

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Elm Street Fire Station
Elm Street Fire Station, Gardner MA.jpg
Elm Street Fire Station
Elm Street Fire Station is located in Massachusetts
Elm Street Fire Station
Elm Street Fire Station is located in the US
Elm Street Fire Station
Location Gardner, Massachusetts
Coordinates 42°34′40″N 71°59′8″W / 42.57778°N 71.98556°W / 42.57778; -71.98556Coordinates: 42°34′40″N 71°59′8″W / 42.57778°N 71.98556°W / 42.57778; -71.98556
Built 1897
Architect Unknown
Architectural style Late Victorian
Part of Gardner Uptown Historic District (#99000660)
NRHP reference # 80001677[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP April 2, 1980
Designated CP June 3, 1999

The Elm Street Fire Station is a historic fire station at 58 Elm Street in Gardner, Massachusetts. When it was built in 1897, the building had a number of innovative features. It used a distinctive suspension system to support the building's second story without the need for columns, using steel rods attached to the load bearing outside walls. The six story bell tower was also used as a hose drying facility. Other interior facilities include systems for automatically dropping harnesses onto waiting horses, which were at the time the means by which fire equipment was moved.[2]

The station was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980,[1] and included in the Gardner Uptown Historic District in 1999.[2]

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  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b "MACRIS inventory record for Elm Street Fire Station". Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Retrieved 2014-03-18.