Installation of Fire Suppression System in Fredericksburg National Cemetery Lodge (Quarters #1)
Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania NMP proposes to install a fire suppression system in the Fredericksburg National Cemetery Lodge (Quarters #1).
The Fredericksburg National Cemetery Lodge is the oldest building in the park that did not exist during the Civil War, as it was built just six years after the war ended. The building has not had a fire suppression system and its continued use as residence would greatly benefit from improved protection. The floor plan is such that continued use of the second floor for bedroom space requires either a fire suppression system or development of additional fire escape and evacuation routes. After study, the park concluded that a fire suppression system would be the least intrusive option, would allow for continued occupancy, and would also help to preserve the structure in the event of a fire.
The park proposes to install a fire suppression system in the Fredericksburg National Cemetery Lodge. This system will be a wet pipe system, designed by YP Architect and Engineering Firm, which designed the fire suppression system at Ellwood on the Wilderness Battlefield, and approved by the NPS's Historical Architecture and Conservation Engineering (HACE) office. The intent of the fire protection system is to protect both building occupants and the historic structure in the event of a fire. The project will include bringing new water service, for both fire suppression and domestic use, to the building from the main in Sunken Road. Approximately 750 lf of fire sprinkler piping, 15 sprinkler heads, sidewalls and pendants, new access panel, new meter and water line will be installed. The work will be done in a manner that minimizes impact to the historic character defining features of the structure.
To provide adequate water service for a wet system, the replacement of the existing 2" water line by a 4" water line in necessary. The plan is to excavate the existing line and install the new line in the same trench and immediate area.
See attached Section 106 Effect Report for details.
Eric J. Mink