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Firehouse 44

Exterior

Firehouse 44

Dining Room

Firehouse 44

Living Room

 

Firehouse 44

The Bridge

Firehouse 44

Firehouse 44

The Kitchen

Firehouse 44

The Entry

Firehouse 44

Stairway

Firehouse 44

A Bathroom

Firehouse 44

Living Room

Firehouse 44

Landing

Chemical Engine House 44 was originally built in 1909 and served as a San Francisco firehouse until 1959. Although the wiring and lighting are all new, original details like copper and zinc doors, brass pole, call box, spiral steel staircase and original façade were maintained. The 6,500 sqft transformation included installation of expansive windows, skylights, transparent bridge and stair landings to allow natural light to flow throughout the space.

 

The Challenge

The architecture and lighting design challenge was to renovate a unique historic structure into a modern residence while maintaining the essence of it’s historic charm.

 

 

The Design

The overall design includes both contemporary lighting elements with more traditional accents to unite the historic structure with a new contemporary image. Industrial style wall sconces at the exterior entrance in bronze finish coordinates with the original refurbished copper doors. On the interior, high tech lighting elements were used with energy efficient LED, fluorescent and halogen sources to highlight architecture, illuminate translucent glass floors and backlight the historical spiral staircase.

 

The Old meets the New

Energy Efficient

Efficient artificial lighting consumes a modest .9w/sqft

Engineering

Pre-set lighting controls throughout the house allow the owner to select various lighting moods with the simple push of a button.

Award Winning

The result of the close working relationship of the creative design team is a very unique one of a kind residence and was awarded the GE Edison Award of Merit for outstanding lighting design.


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