Fire Patrol #2 in 2009, via Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation Image Archive
The former firehouse located at 84 West 3rd Street in Greenwich Village is often noted for being the renovated and restored home of TV personality and journalist Anderson Cooper. But it’s just as noteworthy for an unusual history connected to Benjamin Franklin and insurance underwriters, and for not being the kind of firehouse you think it is at all.
The whole history and current use
When a photographer recently bought this 19th century firehouse in Williamsburg, its interior was in a complete state of disrepair, though the historic facade was intact. To transform it into a live/work home, the owner brought on Josh Weiselberg and Selin Semaan of TBD Architecture + Design Studio, who turned the garage into a ground-floor photo studio and gallery, created a second-floor residence, and added a rooftop penthouse, lounge, and terrace (h/t designboom). The result is an open and airy haven that’s sensitive to the original firehouse, but is also functional for its modern use.
See the entire home
Check out this 5,000-square-foot live/work space at 246 Frost Street, a former 19th century Williamsburg firehouse. While the historic facade remains intact, the interior has pretty much been transformed into a lofty, two-floor apartment with plenty of exposed brick to go around. And it’s full of bonus space: a finished basement, an extra sleeping loft, a deck, parking garage, recording studio and fully-functioning dark room. For all that, it’ll cost a cool $15,000 a month.
Take a look
Before 735 Dean Street was anybody’s home, it was the post of Engine Company 219, who moved in when the firehouse was built in 1880. The historic structure in Prospect Heights has since been converted to apartments, one of which is this 1,400-square-foot triplex being offered for rent. From the inside, though, you wouldn’t guess this was in an old fire station; it looks like your typical Brooklyn loft.
At first you may wonder what this video featuring David Beckham and Kevin Hart advertising H&M’s new menswear collection has to do with Anderson Cooper….but the backdrop for the film is actually Cooper’s home, the firehouse at 84 West 3rd Street that the news anchor purchased for $4.3 million in 2010. He then undertook a massive interior renovation with architect Cary Tamarkin, even keeping the brass fire pole, as well as a total facade restoration, which preserved the 20th century Beaux-Arts ornamentation and 9/11 memorial plaques. Now, though we’re not exactly sure how or why, he’s opened the gorgeous, 8,240-square-foot residence to H&M for what we must say is a pretty hilarious video. Beckham and Hart drink tea in Cooper’s chic living room, work out in his turn-of-the-century gym (which Cooper stocked with vintage equipment), take ice baths on his roof terrace, and sleep in one of his bedrooms.
Watch the video here