Lancaster National Bank – Central Fire Station // 1836

Located on sleepy Main Street in Lancaster, Massachusetts, this cute mini-mansard building caught my eye immediately, and I had to take a picture! The building was constructed in 1836 for the Lancaster National Bank. The brick building was just one story with storefront windows and a central entrance, and was the only bank in the small town. When the neighboring town of Clinton saw a large increase in population due to industrial growth, the Lancaster National Bank decided to relocate to be closer to a larger clientele. They sold this building to the Town of Lancaster in 1882 and moved out. Within a year, the town added the mansard roof to the building, being careful to preserve the original cornice (now where the brick meets the roof), and converted the building to a fire station with double doors. The Central Fire Station was in operation here until 1967 when a new building was built nearby, with doors large enough to easily house modern engines. The building was then used as storage and offices for the Lancaster Water Department. Sadly, the replacement fire station doors really diminish the appeal of the building.

3 thoughts on “Lancaster National Bank – Central Fire Station // 1836

  1. Shandor Simon April 5, 2022 / 10:17 am

    Hi, this is now my home. I can add after serving as a fire station it later was used as an emergency communications center (I’m assuming 911) and then later as a private ambulance house for Woods Ambulance whom I purchased the building from. I agree on the garage doors and hope to one day save up enough to replace them with modern but vintage-looking garage doors. Thanks for sharing some of the history of my home!


    • Buildings of New England April 6, 2022 / 6:10 pm

      I’m so glad you found this post and added more to it! Thank you for being a great steward of this great building!


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