This project examines the adaptive reuse potential of World War II-era fire control stations situated on public lands. The goal was to show the economic feasibility of reusing these derelict structures while simultaneously raising awareness of the scarce resources from our nation’s recent past. This has been done by conducting existing conditions assessments, forming scopes of work, attaining cost estimates, and creating cost analyses on three individual stations within two case studies in the northeastern United States. The cost analyses were based on Donovan Rypkema’s pro forma spreadsheet templates from the Feasibility Assessment Manual for Reusing Historic Buildings. Through this process, these abandoned stations showed potential to become a valuable income-generating asset for the public agency in ownership of these structures while saving a valuable piece of our World War II home front heritage.
Sevigny, Donald J., "A Return to Manning the Post: the Adaptive Reuse of Publically Owned Fire Control Stations from the Second World War" (2012). Historic Preservation. Paper 2.