HOOK & LADDER + PLAYGROUND
Heavily altered over time, the vacant property at the intersection of Broad Street and Market Street housed the livery stable of the Bainbridge Fire Department at the turn of the century. Local leaders and businesses owners saw the potential of this site, owned by the Downtown Development Authority, as an open-air venue downtown.
Rather than tearing down an historic building and adding another vacant lot to N Broad Street, this solution preserves a piece of Bainbridge's heritage while inviting public use and bringing functionality to the space.
Maintaining the historic footprint and the three remaining walls preserves this building as an open-air venue and market space. With a nod to the historical significance of this property's original use, the design showcases two large mesh historic photos of the Hook & Ladder Fire Brigade and an architecturally significant photo of the livery stable.
The Hook & Ladder Playground was constructed because of the community's desire to have family oriented activities in Downtown Bainbridge. While enjoying a concert, shopping at an open-air market or just gathering with family and friends, children of all ages will enjoy themselves at the new Hook & Ladder playground. The Bainbridge High School shop department built two picnic tables, and the DDA converted the old cab stand to an ADA compliant public restroom.
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