FIRE ENGINE HOUSE & CHIEF ENGINEER'S QUARTERS

Fire House

This building housed the Soldiers Home’s local fire department for more than 50 years. It was built in 1883 of Cream City brick, which was made locally in Milwaukee.  On the east side of the building you can see the shapes of the original firehouse doors. On the first floor, there are two large elliptical arches. Below these arches are two sets of triple, double-hung windows. These replaced the original double doors of the Engine House that permitted the fire trucks to move in and out.
 
When the City of Milwaukee fire department started providing service to the Soldiers Home, this building was remodeled into townhouse quarters for staff. Today, the building provides accommodations for 10 veterans who are transitioning out of homelessness and seeking new work opportunities.
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