Stoneham Firestation

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Stoneham Firestation
Stoneham Fire Station, Stoneham MA.jpg
Stoneham Fire Station
Stoneham Firestation is located in Massachusetts
Stoneham Firestation
Stoneham Firestation is located in the US
Stoneham Firestation
Location Central and Emerson Sts., Stoneham, Massachusetts
Coordinates 42°28′46″N 71°5′59″W / 42.47944°N 71.09972°W / 42.47944; -71.09972Coordinates: 42°28′46″N 71°5′59″W / 42.47944°N 71.09972°W / 42.47944; -71.09972
Built 1916
Architectural style Renaissance
Part of Central Square Historic District (#89002277)
MPS Stoneham MRA
NRHP Reference # 84002831[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP April 13, 1984
Designated CP January 17, 1990

The Stoneham Firestation is a historic fire station at Central and Emerson Streets in Stoneham, Massachusetts. The two-story red brick Renaissance Revival building was built in 1916, and continues to serve as the town's central fire station. Its most prominent feature is its four-story hose drying tower, which is reminiscent of Italian Renaissance-era towers.[2] The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984,[1] and included as a contributing property to the Central Square Historic District in 1990.[2]

Description and setting[edit]

The Stoneham Firestation is prominently located adjacent to Central Square at the heart of the town's central business district. It is an L-shaped brick and masonry structure, two stories in height, with a flat roof that is obscured from view by a low parapet. The building is Mediterranean in style, primarily because of the four-story Tuscan tower that towers over it. There are narrow windows in the tower at the third level, above which is an elaborately decorated cornice. The fourth stage is open, with arched openings on each side and square piers at the corners. This is topped by a shallow-pitch tile roof with an dentillated cornice.[2]

The station was built in 1916, and continues to serve as the town's central fire station. It has three equipment bays at the front, with office space in the rear portion of the ell. The tower was a common feature of early 20th-century fire stations, which required space for hoses to dry. This building, whose architect is unknown, is one of the town's finest Renaissance Revival buildings.[2]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b c d "NRHP nomination for Stoneham Firestation". Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Retrieved 2014-01-24.