Firehouse Station No.10, Morris Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


Talk about a hot property: Philadelphia's former firehouse station number 10 has hit the market, and if you never before imagined yourself living in a firehouse, you'll start now. It's gorgeous inside!

It was built in 1874. Here's how it appeared in 1892 with the steam pumper the city bought for $2,750.00. 

Many of the old architectural details are still in place today.

(Notice the hose reel box by the front door. Cute touch for a firehouse.) 

It served as a fire station until 1953. The story of the firehouse after that is a little hazy, but suffice it to say that when it was eventually put on the market, the realtor suggested turning the property into four buildable lots instead.

It was remodeled somewhat after it sold in 2013, but needed to be pretty much gutted when it was for sale again in 2019. In order to appreciate just how far it has come under the talent of the current homeowners, let's first look at some before photos:

Now, it's a wow:

The ceilings are thirteen feet high, and the floors are reclaimed barn wood, to suit the age of the building.

The kitchen has Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances, and a waterfall leathered-granite edge on the nine foot long island.

The new windows are custom and feature noise reduction and privacy glass at the front of the building.

The four-story stairway was completely re-done to become a focal point and also a light shaft for the entire house.

The exposed brick throughout was re-pointed and resurfaced as necessary.

Now it makes for an enviable Zoom backdrop in the home office.

The basement level has a wet bar and lounge area, massive workout room (to get in shape to climb all those stairs), half bathroom, and storage room.

There are three bedrooms and two more bathrooms on the second floor. The house has 5,550 square feet.

The master bedroom has a walk-through closet to the bathroom. ("His" stuff is on the other side.)

That is a "Japanese air bubble" soaking tub, meaning that it's wide and deep and that those bubbles provide a great massage experience.

From the landing we can get a peek at the laundry room and guest bathroom.

Up on the third floor...

is a kitchenette, which you'll fully appreciate...

when you're enjoying the city view from the rooftop deck.

If it were mine, I'd bring some of the house's luxe details up here as well:

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This weekend especially would be the perfect time to appreciate what it could offer:

Fireworks at the firehouse! It always was in a perfect location to enjoy them.

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A news story about the renovation is here. The historic photos were sourced here. A comprehensive album of Philadelphia's old firehouses is also here. Additionally, the house that abuts the firehouse on the right was on the market recently as well, here
The previous listings are here and here, and the current listing is here.

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