Charleston completes $5 million renovation of historic downtown fire station

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) – A $5 million renovation of a historic fire station in downtown Charleston has been completed and firefighters have returned to the building after two years of renovations.

The historic fire station is located at 5 Cannon Street, a short walk from King Street.

Charleston Parks and Capital Projects Director Jason Kronsberg said the city aims to retain the historic nature of the facility while bringing it up to modern standards.

The $5.25 million renovation of the fire station, built in 1888, began in February 2020, just before the pandemic hit.

It was funded primarily by a FEMA grant, but the city contributed approximately $1.3 million as part of its 25% grant match.

Kronsberg said the building retains its historic arches and brickwork on the outside, but inside it is a new installation.

Some of the work done is to make the building more resistant to natural disasters, such as earthquakes and hurricanes.

“When we went to demolish, we saved and protected as much of the original material as possible for reuse,” Kronsberg said. “While there are a few modern conveniences inside, it still has that historic charm.”

The Charleston Fire Department has announced that it will soon be holding an open house that all media can attend to learn about the renovations.

Charleston City Council will also discuss accepting another $500,000 grant from FEMA on the project on Tuesday.

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David H. Henry