Attention Serious Rehabbers: Historic Chicago Firehouses For Sale

These landmark properties across the Windy City are practically begging to be restored.

Photo © 2013 Cragin Spring This landmark Chicago Firehouse at 1405 E. 62nd Place is up for sale. The city provides a negotiated sales package for potential buyers.

You may have seen the film crew for the NBC TV series Chicago Fire around the neighborhood.  The show, starring Jesse Spencer as Matthew Casey and Eamon Walker as Chief Wallace Boden, is the latest offering from hit-maker and executive producer Dick Wolf (Law and Order). It didn't take long for us to start fantasizing about converting a firehouse into a home. The upshot? It's absolutely possible. It's a lot of work, but it's possible.

To get started, we dug up specs on a couple of historic Chicago firehouses for sale. Property just begging for a full-scale conversion.

Pictured above, this handsome red brick and gray limestone 4,480-square-foot firehouse at 1405 E. 62nd Place in Woodlawn is currently on the market and offered through the Housing and Economic Development Department.  Formerly Engine Co. 63, sitting close to the lakefront on a dead-end street off Dorchester, this two-story plan has a one-story eastern addition – a potential rec room, guesthouse or study? We couldn't find any suitable interior shots, but make no mistake, city documents state bluntly that the firehouse requires a “complete rehabilitation.”

Photo © City of Chicago The Pullman Firehouse is located near the Pullman Park mixed-used development. A Walmart is scheduled for opening in 2013.

Here's another inactive city-owned firehouse for sale. A beaut. The Pullman Firehouse (pictured left), located at 601-627 E. 108th Street in the landmark Pullman district. Incredibly, this firehouse has been vacant for more than 50 years. Built in the 1890s, this two-story brick and terra-cotta tower is 3,500 square feet and was the former headquarters for Engine Co. 80.

Naturally, these type of projects require a long-view and the stamina to match. To get your creative rehab juices fired up (and help you conceptualize living in a converted firehouse), take a look at the very cool firehouse re-do in Wicker Park below. Built in the 1800s, this revamped four-bedroom, three-bath was on the market in 2011, represented by Koenig & Strey, with an ask price of $789,000. 

Photo © Koening & Strey This living room can be found in a converted firehouse in Chicago's Wicker Park neighborhood.

Interest piqued? Wondering, “How do I get my own Chicago firehouse?” There's a city program for serious buyers that have the experience and imagination to take on rehabbing landmark buildings. Expect some red tape (c'mon, it's the government). But tax incentives are a bonus. Download an application and specs, or view the inventory of historic city-owned properties for sale at the City of Chicago website. Or call (312) 744-3653 to begin the process.
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