MERIDEN — A former downtown firehouse listed on the National Register of Historic Places was sold last month.
The Charter Oak Firehouse, 105 Hanover St., a two-story brick building with a distinctive five-story drying tower, was purchased by Interstate Glass Real Estate, LLC for $241,000 from Art Capsule, LLC.
Formerly home to King Travelways agency, the building was last purchased in December 2015 for $195,000 for use as a private artist’s residence and the Art Capsule gallery. A message left for a gallery representative was not immediately returned.
Interstate Glass, which operates out of an abutting property at 111 Hanover St., could not be reached for comment.
Built in 1892, the former firehouse was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1994. The building was the city’s first fire station and the oldest existing municipally owned structure at the time of designation, according to its application.
“The firehouse is significant historically because much of the history of the Meriden Fire Department may be read in the record of activities at this station,” the application states.
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