The following photos show three absolutely stunning and historic fire engine houses in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Each has been lovingly cared for and restored. Their fine architecture is as impressive today as when they first opened in the latter third of the 19th Century. My kudos go out to everyone involved in the construction, preservation, restoration, and adaptive reuse of these three magnificent edifices. Wow they are impressive!
The first, Engine House #9 (above), was built in 1890 and is now home of The Mitten Brewing Company. It is located on the north side of Leonard Avenue, just west of the U.S. 131 interchange. The fire engine house is listed on the Grand Rapids Registry of Historic Places.
The second, Engine House #6 (above), was built in 1870 and used as a fire station more than a century until 1976 It is located just southwest of downtown, across the street from Founders Brewery on Grandville Street. It has been preserved as an health care office and is on the State Register of Historic Places.
Engine House #5 (shown above) was moved brick-by-brick to the town of Allendale located west of Grand Rapids and meticulously reconstructed for use as a fire fighting museum. Also constructed in 1880, this impressive structure is an easily identifiable icon along M-45.