Sold at auction by the City in 1977, the firehouse was purchased by Robert and Marilyn Katzman as a place to pursue their artistic endeavors. Interest in their live-work space grew as they researched its history. They set about restoring and preserving its authenticity, which led to an extensive collection of fire service memorabilia, including the big red 1955 Mack fire engine.
The purchase and restoration of that Mack sparked their entrepreneurial spirit, and in 1998 San Francisco Fire Engine Tours and Adventures was born. Featuring their famous tour over the Golden Gate Bridge, they have been profiled on the Travel Channel, HGTV’s “The Good Life,” and in many publications around the world.
Today, the redwood Victorian firehouse, located at 117 Broad Street, stands as originally built for the firefighters of Engine Co. 33 in 1896. Its 30-foot brass fire pole, dormitory lockers, hayloft, hose tower, phone booth and basement are beautifully preserved. Huge front doors slide open to eveal the fire engine in the Apparatus Floor, originally home to the horses and steamer. The Communications Room became the home office for the business. The large original kitchen opens to a secluded South garden. Upstairs the dormitory, officer’s quarters and two bathrooms, all with soaring ceilings, remain original. With 5000+ square feet of space and an open floor plan the possibilities are unlimited.
The Katzmans have lived a dream, and now they are looking for the opportunity to pass the torch. The home-business-collection is now on the market: Firehouse 33 is listed at $975,000, the Fire Engine Tours business at $249,000, and special price consideration will be given to encourage purchase of the entire lifestyle. The memorabilia collection is also for sale. For more details and to see a video of Firehouse 33, visit www.firehouse33sf.com. For further information about the sale of this property, please contact the listing agent, Luba Muzichenko, at 415-307-1392.
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