Fire house facade at 400 Mass

Below is a snapshot of the Firehouse facade preserved at 400 Mass.

Do you think the outcome was well done and/or a positive for the streetscape? Will the eventual retail tenant be forced to keep those red firehouse doors or could they be replaced at some point with glass doors allowing for more light to shine in and pedestrians to see inside?

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    SG says

    I think they should allow the doors to be glasses in to allow for an amazing open-air restaurant. I’ve see many former gas stations turned into semi-enclosed restaurants and it’s awesome. Would be a PERFECT place for a cool restaurant though.

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    PQS says

    I second that. The doors are cool but you get the picture with the rest of the building. You wouldn’t be losing too much. I’d be a happy camper if a restaurant opened up there. You don’t want to render the building useless by forcing a retailer to keep the doors.

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    si says

    for lease – douglas development, no surprise there. that space has never had a tenant and 400 mass has been up for years. betcha Mr. Clean is skating on the vacant property taxes for that one too.

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    DG-rad says

    i remember when the firehouse was the only thing on the block apart from a few tumbleweeds. the change is great – but I think they need to do a better job with keeping the integrity of older buildings. Some adjusting scaling around them would be nicer than the current status quo way of doing it.

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    pqresident says

    once The Dumont and the office building get residents/tenants, then the economics might tempt someone to lease the space. not much foot traffic there so a tenant would need to be a “destination.” might take a while.

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    Anonymous says

    I had heard that the DC Fire Dept would very much like to have an old firehouse as a museum to display and preserve vintage fire trucks and fire fighting gear, and to commemorate all those firefighters who have served the District over the years. This could be a possible home, as it would be a “destination” as one blogger suggested that it needs to be. There is virtually no parking for the firehouse to be a fine restaurant. A club wouldn’t work adjoining a residential building. Yes, a museum would be quiet, low key and fitting.