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The Fire House

For almost 30 years, the Engine Company 40 Firehouse sat vacant on the corner of Sumner and Orleans Streets in East Boston.  The exterior façade was prominent, but the interior rooms were rundown.  In 2004, the City of Boston decided to sell the Firehouse and awarded the building to ZUMIX in 2005.  We closed on the Firehouse in December 2008, and began construction in 2009.  The Firehouse renovations transformed a long-abandoned building into a beautiful, functional and inspiring cultural and performance space for ZUMIX programs, participants and the East Boston community at large.  All along, our goal was to renovate this building with the latest “green” technology.  This way, we would not only save a historic building and improve our neighborhood, but we would also contribute to a healthier environment, create educational opportunities for our youth, and strengthen our financial sustainability by saving energy costs and attracting funders who support “green” organizations.  We are thrilled to report that the Firehouse received Gold LEED Certification, an impressive accomplishment for a renovation project. 

The ZUMIX Firehouse is home to our award-winning programs, featuring a state-of-the-art recording studio, radio station and gorgeous performance hall.  If you are interested in hosting your own event at ZUMIX, please contact Najwa Aswad at