Boston Firehouse

Boston Firehouse

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127 Mt. Vernon Street

Boston, Massachusetts 02108

Boston Firehouse Information:

The 2,500 square foot Firehouse was built in 1949 upon the same site an earlier Firehouse had been built in 1866, and an even older one in 1847. Located in Beacon Hill, a 19th-century downtown Boston residential neighborhood, the Firehouse is situated directly north of Boston Common and the Boston Public Garden.

The site was first used as a Firehouse on August 5, 1847 when Hand Engine 4 was organized. The address at the time was 60 River Street. Later, Hose Company 7 (River Street) was organized on August 1, 1860. Hose 7 was disbanded on June 1, 1862 and Engine Company 10 was organized.

Engine 10 stayed until February 14, 1946 when construction of the current Firehouse commenced. Engine 10 moved into the new Firehouse on April 14, 1949, and the address was changed to 127 Mt. Vernon Street. They remained in the Firehouse until 1982. In 1982, the Firehouse became the quarters of the Fire Safety Division On-Duty chief and continued as such until 1995 when the Fire Department gave up possession of the Firehouse. (Summarized from

During the filming of the series, there were two double bedrooms and one triple bedroom on the 2nd floor. The Control Room was located in the basement and the production crew entered/exited the Firehouse through a door on River Street. The Firehouse has previously been seen on television as the house of Spenser and Susan on Spencer: For Hire. They spent the first season living in the Firehouse as a reward for saving a firefighter's life in the pilot episode.

In 2005, the Firehouse was sold by the City of Boston for $1 to the Hill House, a non-profit organization.

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Boston Firehouse Visit, May 2010
1st Floor, Front, Front Door, Garage Door, Mt. Vernon Street Sidewalk, River Street Side, Southeast Corner, Stairs, Street Sign

Post-Filming Pictures
Front, Front Door, Stairs, Southeast Corner, 1st Floor

Southeast Corner

Control Room

1st Floor
Billiard Room, Confessional Room, Kitchen, Living Room, Phone Room

2nd Floor
Bathroom, Light Blue/Pink/Green Bedroom, Lounge, Office, Orange/Green Bedroom, Red/Light Blue Bedroom

Taping Dates

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MTV's The Real World You Never Saw: Boston & Seattle MTV's The Real World: The Ultimate Insider's Guide

Updated - July 18, 2010