The artists Wendy Edwards and Jerry Mischak have transformed an old firehouse in Rumford, Rhode Island into a building that houses both of their studios and their home. The New York Times is sure to point out that while the fire poles are gone, three 43-inch holes remain in the floor. Reserving the ground floor for studio space, the couple opened up the second floor for living space. With the help of their architect, they managed to reuse a lot of the existing structure...
This shows the original bathroom, and the new bathroom that salvaged a great deal:
The architect was Luke Mandle, of Two Ton Inc.. For the entire story, see Light and Space Where Fire Alarms Once Rang. There is an additional graphic that rounds up once-public buildings that are for sale around the east coast. (I'll take the library in Baltimore!).
(Pics: Francis Dzikowski)