A Historic Rhode Island Fire Station Is Now A Modern Home


A three-story home built in a 19th-century Rhode Island fire station is on the market for $3.5 million, $1.2 million under its 2019 asking price. Known as Redwood Hose Station 8, it's located on a residential street in Newport's Historic Hill district, minutes from Gilded Age mansions and the Cliff Walk, a popular coastal walking path. The home's previous owners nicknamed the residence the "Chutes and Ladders House" because of its many options for traveling between floors. Not only does the home have multiple staircases, it also comes with an elevator and refurbished fire pole. The elevator services all three floors, and the pole connects the first two. The house is now updated to include a geothermal heating system and radiant floor heating, as well as a Tesla car charger. In total, the 4-bedroom, 3-bathroom home spans 4,158 square feet. The master suite takes up the entire third floor and, with a steam shower and insulated air tub, its bathroom is a step above the rest. From the deck, a spiral staircase leads to a rooftop viewing platform, which boasts panoramic views of the neighborhood and sailboat-dotted harbor.