I wondered if anyone could tell me a little bit about the history of this building. I love the backlit fireman in the window a few floors up. I have never been in, but the building is huge and (from the outside) looks largely empty on the upper floors.Is it all dedicated to reclaim fireplaces?
I'd suggest you pop in and have a look around, it's a wonderful warren of rooms, many of which, as you say, are empty but have such an evocative atmosphere; just studying the walls with their layers of peeling paint which create beautiful patinas is a joy in itself.
The huge model aeroplane and mannequins in the office make no sense as shop fittings but add to its quirky charm. You really can just wander around for a good hour or more soaking up its atmosphere... I've never bought a fireplace there mind.
Am I right in thinking there was a fire there previously? Ironic for a former Fire Station.
I will def go in and take a look. I've driven past it for years and always wondered.I also love places that evoke those same feelings, and i'm sure my 4 year old daughter would like it as well.
The fireplace shop (architectural salvage yard) apparently was squatting there, but eventually managed to buy it. It's a bit unreasonable for it to be on the Buildings at Risk register, as it is watertight and maintained. No doubt at some point it will become flats.