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The Magnolia Firehouse: A Residential Adaptive Reuse Project

Originally constructed in the 1920s, the Magnolia Firehouse located in Oakland, California was operational until the 1960s. When modern fire engines could no longer fit within the building, the structure was no longer feasible for its original use. “The structure found interim use as a neighborhood church while much of the original historic character suffered the effects of neglect,” according to Baran Studio Architecture.

When tasked with restoring the building the company started with a focus on the exterior condition of the building, “repairing the dark iron-spot face brick at the building corners, removing non-historic elements such as window screens, replacing glazing and deteriorated windows, and finally providing two new carriage doors at the front of building to match the former apparatus bay doors.”

The structure’s exterior brick facade was in need of a facelift after years of neglect. [From: Benedicte Lassalle]

Inside the historic building, new concrete shear walls were constructed to help protect the structure from earthquakes.

The home’s exposed interior bricks are met with a splash of modern touches that complement the environment. [From: Benedicte Lassalle]
The openness of the home extends into the bathroom which carries over the exposed brick. [From: Benedicte Lassalle]

The firm also created a new arrangement of spaces that provide for a well-appointed two-bedroom configuration with “two large interconnected livings spaces with ample natural light from the historic window openings.”

The industrial feel of the kitchen and dining area provide a contrast to other parts of the home. [From: OpenHomes]
Light is again a focal point of the home’s well-appointed master bedroom which opens up onto the second floor patio. [From: OpenHomes]

Heading outside on the second floor of the Magnolia Firehouse residents are met with a patio that provides plenty of space for entertaining and relaxation.

Plenty of room for entertaining and relaxing. [From: OpenHomes]

On the ground level, the home’s backyard exterior leaves behind the brick facade for a more subtle look that once again showcases the home’s stunning use of windows to provide ample natural light.

The backyard view from the Magnolia Firehouse residential adaptive reuse project. [From: OpenHomes]
Combining the old with the new. [From: Benedicte Lassalle]

Completed in 2019, the home is located at 3320 Magnolia in Oakland, California and features 3,571 gross square feet.

You can learn more about this and other projects from Baran Studio Architecture HERE.

Sherry Nothingam

Sherry is a blogger who loves to live her life to the fullest. She enjoys everything associated with design, décor and stylish modern trends. Born in California, Sherry has grown up on open ranches and in a wild setting, which has defined her taste for design and developed her interest in examining how structures and homes interact with the beauti[...]

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