When the Empire Hook and Ladder
vacated this firehouse, the owners of California
Cafe enlisted SGS' help to convert it to a full
The structure maintains its historic appearance
while providing diners with a bright airy
environment. The main overhead door of the
firehouse was replaced with a wall of windows
reflecting the original second floor windows.
Colors and details inside were selected to
augment the bright open atmosphere for the
This is a classic example of adaptive reuse,
reclaiming one of the city's historic structures
and supporting downtown revitalization.