Conversion homes are some of the most interesting real estate to ogle, whether it’s a former barn turned farmhouse or a historic church transformed into lofts. The latest converted house to catch our eye is this four-bedroom, three-bath home in Newport, Rhode Island.
The imposing brick building started life in 1887 as a fire station in the Historic Hill neighborhood. Redwood Hose Station 8 was an active fire station until 1912, after which the house functioned as an upholstery shop and then a triplex apartment. According to Rhode Island Monthly, in 2006 new owners realized that the building’s mortar was crumbling. A subsequent three-year renovation involved tearing the house down brick by brick and putting the home back together from the ground up.
Boston-based architect David Hacin worked on the design, converting the sprawling structure into a livable three-floor residence with a two-bedroom guest suite. Hacin incorporated subtle nods to the home’s fire house history, but also focused on adding green technologies to make the residence more eco-friendly; the house features a geothermal heating system with an 850-foot well, nine-foot windows for passive solar energy, and radiant floors made from sustainable wood.
The lower level of the home serves as a pseudo “Club House,” with a family room, large fire-engine red doors, and pool table. A two-story sliding pole links the first floor to the second floor above, where you’ll find a kitchen with Carrera marble countertops and a built-in breakfast nook.
The sleek master suite takes up the third floor, and the large bathroom comes with double vanities and a freestanding tub. But the best part of the home is a rooftop deck—located just off of the master bedroom—that offers views of the Channing Memorial Church and Newport Harbor. Love what you see? After a brief stint on the market in 2019 asking $4,700,000, 118 Prospect Hill Street is now priced at $3,495,000.