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Fire Department Call Box Restoration

March 1st, 2010 · 9 Comments

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Fire Box Before Restoration

These photos are of the restoration process we went through with a fire department call box. It came to us in pretty bad shape and required sandblasting, repair work, wiring and repainting. The manufacturer is unknown, but the style strongly resembles that of Gamewell fire boxes of the 1940s and 1950s. Gamewell Corp. of Massachusetts has been a major manufacturer of fire and police call boxes since 1879.

Original Condition Fire Call Box

Fire Department Alarm Unrestored

Call Box Before Paint

Primed Fire Box Stand

The box was missing the upper door that would originally have had a pull down alarm, but this was remedied by adding the telephone with a light above. The vintage wall phone is also from the 1950s. The finished product is a functional telephone stand as well as a great conversation piece. This is a great example of how vintage items can be restored and repurposed to use in your home or office today as a truly unique decorating touch.

Completed Fire Box

1950s Telephone

Illuminated Fire Box

Restored Pole Base

Telephone Stand

Repurposed Fire Call Box

This item is not for sale. We show restored items in this blog to encourage discussion, prompt questions and further the hobby.

Tags: Unique & Unusual

9 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Andy // Jun 7, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    Actually, you’re not missing a door. The opening is where the fire alarm box slides into the pedestal and screws into the back.

  • 2 jack // Mar 8, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    our fire association was given an older wall mount (as opposed to the pedistal mount that you show) call box. it appears to be complete. will it be better for us to restore or leave in the condition found? It certainly could use cleaning up as it has numerous coats of paint

  • 3 Bill // Apr 20, 2012 at 11:38 pm

    I have a combo box that is police on one side and fire alarm on other. The guts of the alarm are missing as is the police phone. It was one of many on the streets of Los Angeles; Can you restore with parts?

  • 4 rachael hodge // Aug 6, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    I have a fire call box without the pedestal that I am looking at getting restored and repainted. I was wondering how much you charge.If you could please email me at rachaelhodge30@hotmail.com.

  • 5 vintagevending // Aug 7, 2012 at 8:22 am

    We are no longer in the restoration business. For quality work we recommend RMS Vintage at rmsvintage.com.

  • 6 phil manley // Jan 6, 2014 at 7:22 pm

    I have a Gamewell fire alarm box WITH working parts inside. Alarm box is weathered but in fair/good condition.
    I don’t have a stand but wonder if something could be fabricated out of diamond plate.
    Please give me a ROUGH QUOTE (sight unseen, very few details) of what I’m looking at (between a this and a that).
    Phil Manley

  • 7 Ed Trigeiro // Mar 29, 2014 at 7:09 pm

    I am looking for a Gamewell Vintage fire box “Key Guard” the type that says “Break Glass” in order to turn key to set off the fire alarm

  • 8 Minda // May 8, 2017 at 7:59 pm

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  • 9 Dean Robison // Jun 30, 2017 at 6:58 pm

    I am restoring a Gamewell fire box and am currently to the point of painting. Would like to know if there is a specific paint color code to use?
    There are several red colors and want to remain true to time and place. This box was used during the 1950’s in LA County Fire Department.

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