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R Street Firehouse Finds a Buyer

by UrbanTurf Staff

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931 R Street NW

A Logan Circle firehouse-turned-home on R Street has found a buyer.

931 R Street NW (map) was born as Engine House No. 7 in 1885, and went on to serve as a fire station for the city over the next 90 years. In 1940, it became Engine House No. 4, the city’s first all-black fire company.

In the 1970s, the building took on a new life when it was repurposed to manufacture harpsichords. It wasn’t until 1992 that the property was purchased by current owner Craig Kraft, an artist who used the building as a live-work space. If you have lived in Logan Circle for several years, chances are you have seen Kraft’s neon sculptures around the neighborhood.

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UrbanTurf wrote about the firehouse when it was listed about a month ago for just over $2.6 million by TTR Sotheby’s International Realty. It went under contract earlier this week.

For the last 20 years, Kraft has used the ground level of the former firehouse as a studio space and the upper floors as living areas. (The property also has two, one-bedroom rental apartments.) Despite its transformation, the 6,267-square-foot home still holds on to aspects of its former life. Inside, you will find the brass fireman’s pole, wooden lockers and exposed masonry from when it was a firehouse.

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Photos courtesy of Sean Shanahan.

This article originally published at https://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/r_street_firehouse_finds_a_buyer/7369

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