Property Type: Commercial
Neighborhood: Downtown  |  County: Ada  |  Building Status: Public  |  Architectural Style: Romanesque Revival
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The Melting Pot Restaurant, located on the corner of Sixth and Bannock, was originally the home to Boise’s first ever Central Fire Station. The Central Fire Station was designed by notable local architect W.S. Campbell and built as the very first station to house full time paid firefighters in 1902. The original fire station consisted of volunteer forces, and was ironically burned down in a fire in 1883. The Central Fire Station, along with other downtown buildings, the was built with a Romanesque type feel. It was a building built mainly of brick in a square shape, and included windows and Romanian arches. You can also get the Romanesque feel of this building when you look at the top, around the surrounding border, with its detailed carvings helping to show the feel of this building. The signal bell that was the original in the bell tower of the first ever fire station in 1880. The bell has been cleaned weekly by the Idaho Historical society and is still in great shape. The original fire pole used by the fire fighters also remained intact.