Reuse of a National Register Fire Station

Brooklyn Fire Station


Award-winning complete rehabilitation and adaptive reuse of a National Register fire station. The building was vacant, and most of the historic architectural detail had been removed through the years. Missing architectural elements were recreated from historic photographs and physical evidence. Façade restoration included masonry restoration, wood window repair / replacement, and appropriate wood storm windows. The project also included the preparation of design and construction documents to create a studio apartment on the second floor and a wine store on the first floor. This project was reviewed by the Wisconsin Historical Society and the National Park Service for compliance with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation. Winner of a City of Oshkosh Acanthus Award.

Original Fire Station

Before remodel
Brooklyn Fire Station Before

After Restoration
Brooklyn Fire Station After

Project Features

  • Restored / recreated façade
  • Window repair
  • One rehabilitated commercial space on the first floor
  • One new executive studio apartment on the second floor to house the Owner’s collection of Charles Lindbergh memorabilia
  • Historic color scheme

Firm’s Involvement

Architecture Services Group Manager, Rick Schroeder, was the Project Manager while working for another architectural firm.

  • Preliminary design documents
  • Code review using the Wisconsin Historic Building Code
  • Plans and contract document preparation
  • State and federal historic rehabilitation tax credit applications preparation
  • City of Oshkosh Commercial Rehabilitation Grant documentation preparation
  • Construction administration services

Project completed by our principals, prior to Funktion Design Studio, LLC, while employed with previous firms.