Today, I got to do something almost unheard of in my part of the office: I got to go on a site visit! You see, at Old Stuff Inc., we don’t often have the time or resources to go into the field, but one of the projects I was involved with had a Grand Opening celebration, and I got to be there!
The Eustis Street Fire House, or ‘Torrent Six’ as it was called after its construction in 1859, will now be the headquarters to a great and very deserving Preservation group called Historic Boston Incorporated. HBI’s mission is to carry out bricks and mortar preservation work, saving endangered buildings in Boston by fixing them up.
Below is a picture that I borrowed from their website (hopefully they won’t mind…. as I want to spread the word about their good deeds!) of the Fire House before its restoration. Talk about rough shape!
Also, below is another picture from the Boston Fire Historical Society which also has several great historical photos if you look at their site.
Finally, below is a picture of the rehabilitated Torrent Six sign and a bit of the building (Photo again from HBI). Much of the Restoration work was done by students from the North Bennett Street School, which specializes in traditional craftsmanship and trade work.
It was wonderful to see a project through to such a wonderful conclusion. Good luck in your new home, HBI, and thanks for inviting me to join the fun!