The Future of Building 18, the “Old Firehouse” at Sand Point NAS Historic District

Building 18, Old Firehouse, north facade / Photo: Lynn Ferguson

Neighborhood preservation advocates, Friends of Naval Air Station Seattle Historic District, with the support of local preservation organizations are working to save Building 18 and seek adaptive reuse solutions for the historic building. Located in the Sand Point Naval Air Station Seattle Historic District (a locally designated landmark district and National Register of Historic Places-listed district) in Magnuson Park, the historic firehouse is a significant contributing resource situated prominently in the core of the park.

The structure is owned by Seattle Parks and Recreation and has sat vacant and deteriorating for years. Its condition worsens every year as deferred maintenance contributes greatly to its decline. It is in need of a new roof and structural stabilization among other things.

The good news is the building is not too far gone and can be and should be rehabilitated. There are many opportunities to turn what some consider an “eyesore” into a community and park asset that serves the needs of the park, its users and the larger community. This spring, citizens listed repair of Buildings 18 and 2 (a significant historic hangar) as the top priority in the Strategic Planning process for the park in the next ten years.

Preservation advocates are seeking broader support for the adaptive reuse of the historic firehouse. They have submitted Building 18 to a new online platform called “Popularise”—a crowd source medium that brings news ideas from the ground up (rather than top down) to find ways to improve our communities.

We encourage you to view Popularise and submit ideas and comments about what you would like to see happen with Building 18. And please help spread the word to get more ideas and support for saving Building 18!

Building 18, view of west facade and hose drying tower / Photo: Julianna Ross


2 Responses to “The Future of Building 18, the “Old Firehouse” at Sand Point NAS Historic District”

  1. 1 David Sucher June 22, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    The Parks Dept owns and manages the property. Correct?
    Is the Parks Dept actively engaged in determining the future of the building? What process is being used to circulate ideas?

    It’s a great site and building and deserves something commensurate.

    How can I follow up with more detail?

    • 2 ewoo June 25, 2012 at 5:45 pm

      Yes, Seattle Parks and Recreation owns and manages Building 18, the old Firehouse. The Parks and Rec Dept is obtaining new cost estimates in order to analyze the cost of 1) renovation (update 2008 estimate);
      2) demolition, but save the historic fire hose towers; or 3) demolition and rebuild, but save the historic fire hose towers. They are also looking at development options.

      Two groups are assisting Seattle Parks & Recreation in moving forward in a positive direction with Building 18–Magnuson Park Advisory Committee and Friends of Naval Air Station Seattle Historic District. Anyone wishing to receive periodic updates on the project or otherwise get involved can email

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