My husband and I have walked past the old Roosevelt Road firehouse so many times, wondering what such a cool old building could be turned into by the right people. When we saw the flyers around the neighborhood last fall announcing that a community oriented arts studio was planning on breathing some new life into the former station, we just couldn’t have been happier. It seems that the rumors are true and the good news is starting to spread. A friend recently sent me an article detailing plans for the opening of Firehouse Art Studio by Jay Nowak sometime later this spring or in early summer.
The studio plans to offer ceramics, glass blowing and other arts classes to all ages in the renovated and restored fire station. I wonder if any of the firefighters from the neighborhood will be signing up and getting a chance to check out the all new take on their old home? I personally can’t wait to take my kids to a class or two.
The firehouse at 1123 W. Roosevelt Road is Chicago’s oldest, built in 1873. It used to house Engine 18, which moved south to 1360 S. Blue Island Ave. in 2008.