Engine #8 Fire Station


The project consisted of the comprehensive renovation and historic restoration of the Taylor Square Firehouse, a brick building built in 1904 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.

The structure required extensive renovations due to the growing size of the City's fire truck engines and to bring the building up to current code standards. It was finished with intricate architectural details including a projecting cornice with large wooden brackets, patterned brickwork on the parapet and truck bays that feature the Moorish Revival horseshoe arch design. Engine #8 Fire Station is regarded as one of the most elaborate fire stations built by the City during that period.


Project Information

Location: Cambridge, MA

Completion: 2004

Contract Value: $3.9 million

Size: 25,000 SF

Type:  Renovation & Historical Restoration

Owner: City of Cambridge

Designer: Allen M. Lieb Architects, Lynnfield, MA

Delivery Method: Design-Bid-Build

"W.T. Rich and your staff are to be commended for your professionalism, your commitment to excellence, and ultimately for the quality of the end product you deliver. This project was well planned, on time, on budget, and of exceptional quality. W.T. Rich's work well exceeded the City's expectations."

Allen Lieb, Allen Lieb Architects
Engine #8 Fire Station