With the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 entrenched as one of the city’s defining (and most infamous) moments, it seems that Chicago is indelibly linked to fire and, almost by default, its fire stations.
Hundreds of firehouses have been built since the city’s incorporation, with many ultimately becoming landmarks in their respective neighborhoods. But as the need to provide modern equipment and facilities for firemen arose, it became necessary for the original firehouses to be replaced or disused. While many of these buildings were eventually demolished, some were repurposed and still stand today.
One of these remaining properties is the 19th Century Chicago firehouse located at 1357 N. Wolcott Ave in the Wicker Park neighborhood. Represented by Laura Topp of Koenig & Strey’s Lincoln Park office, this one-time firehouse has been completely remodeled into a 2-unit building with exposed timber and brick, original hardwood flooring, 12-foot wood-beamed ceilings on the first floor, original supports, 3 fireplaces, rooftop deck, skylights and an attached 2-car garage, as well as a set of replica firehouse doors. The property also boasts a great location, sitting just steps from the train and Wicker Park’s many restaurants and lounges. Truly a one-of-a-kind opportunity!
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