Historical Commission deems former Lake Pleasant fire station unsuitable for artifact storage

  • The warped roof of the old firehouse on Adams Street in Lake Pleasant. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/ED GREGORY

  • The back side of the old firehouse on Adams Street in Lake Pleasant. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/ED GREGORY

  • The cracked concrete slab of the old firehouse on Adams Street in Lake Pleasant. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/ED GREGORY

  • The cracked concrete slab of the old firehouse on Adams Street in Lake Pleasant. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/ED GREGORY

  • The former Lake Pleasant fire station on Adams Street in Lake Pleasant. Staff File Photo/Paul Franz

Staff Writer
Published: 11/28/2022 3:42:37 PM

LAKE PLEASANT — After a site visit revealed concerning building conditions, the Montague Historical Society is veering away from the prospect of using the former fire station on Adams Street as a multipurpose gathering and artifact storage space.

Ed Gregory, a member of both the Montague Historical Commission and Montague Historical Society, toured the 1970s structure last week before convening with the commission for discussion on Monday. Referencing photos he’d taken at the site, he said the building “is in pretty bad shape” and that the Historical Society “certainly would not be interested” in using it.

“Realistically,” Gregory said, “that building is ready to come down.”

After being decommissioned around the 1990s, the station was owned by the Turners Falls Water District until the district was dissolved roughly 15 years ago, according to historian and Lake Pleasant Village Association member David James. The building is now owned by the Turners Falls Water Department and is used for storage, he continued.

Structural issues include a warped roof and a cracked concrete slab. The building itself split when the concrete slab did, Gregory said.

“You’re in a situation where you’ve got a property where it’s probably in the best interest to build something new on the site,” said Chris Clawson, who also sits on both the Historical Society and Historical Commission.

While James’ classification of Lake Pleasant as a “historical location” was met without objection from the commission, commissioners noted that the village is not officially registered as a historic district. Furthermore, the firehouse itself is not filed in any historic registry.

“I don’t think that building is eligible for it,” James said.

With the Historical Commission’s purview relating primarily to the preservation of historic sites and artifacts, the discussion concluded quickly.

“I think, with all that said,” Gregory concluded, “we can put this subject to sleep.”

Reach Julian Mendoza at 413-930-4231 or jmendoza@recorder.com.


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