City Hall Park
City Hall Park, Burlington, Vermont USA • Ethan Allen Firehouse (1889) - left - and City Hall (1928) - right, seen from the steps of the fountain.
Ethan•Allen•Engine•Co•No•4 ∞ "Designed by A. B. Fisher, a prolific 19th century Burlington architect, this firehouse ranks as one of the most attractive buildings in downtown Burlington. Built in the heyday of volunteer fire companies, it was completed in the spring of 1889." *
Now operating as The Firehouse Center for the Visual Arts , The FCVA provides visitors with a fully-integrated arts experience through contemporary exhibitions and educational programming informed by the work in the Firehouse Gallery. The FCVA includes a community darkroom and photography studio; artist-in-residence studio; multimedia conference facility for lectures, film series, and panel discussions; and Resource Room and Library with public meeting space and Internet access. Burlington City Arts (BCA) opened all five floors of the building in 2004 after an extensive historic renovation, and has yet to complete the $3.5 million capital campaign. ∞ The Firehouse Center for the Visual Arts is programmed and managed by Burlington City Arts.
☞ * For some dates & historical details, I am indebted to the Chittenden County Historical Society, and their fine, three volume set: Historic Guide to Burlington Neighborhoods: Vol. I, 1991; Vol. II, 1997; Vol. III, 2003. David J. Blow, author; Lillian Baker Carlisle, Editor; Sarah L. Dopp, photographs.
☞ This building is one of 20 contributing structures of the 80 acre City Hall Park Historic District, and has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places (#83003206), since June 9, 1983.
• More Info: GeoHack: 44°28′35″N 73°12′49″W.