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Firemen's Museum (Narragansett Steam Fire Engine Station No. 3)

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Narragansett Steam Fire Engine Station No. 3
1846. 38 Baker St. (open to the public)

Directly across the street from the Masonic Temple, this late Greek Revival fire station shows little that is specifically “Greek,” while the round-arched windows in the front elevation anticipate a favored motif in early Victorian design. Other than the front wall, the building is domestic in design, except for a stubby hose tower at the rear. Inside, the featured attraction is an 1802 Button hand pumper, although the museum also displays other early firefighting artifacts and documents. The museum is rarely open, but windows permit a look inside.

Next door, at number 42, is an elegant early Victorian stable (c. 1865), its gable a tentlike or pagodalike flaring curve, repeated in the cupola. The cupola openings are divided by Xframing with scroll-cut ornamental inserts.

Writing Credits

Author: 
William H. Jordy et al.
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William H. Jordy et al., "Firemen's Museum (Narragansett Steam Fire Engine Station No. 3)", [Warren, Rhode Island], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/RI-01-WN19.

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Buildings of Rhode Island, William H. Jordy, with Ronald J. Onorato and William McKenzie Woodward. New York: Oxford University Press, 2004, 461-461.

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