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Check Out This 103-Year-Old Beverly Firehouse-Turned- Hat Making Workshop

The Beverly-based Optimo workshop recently won an award from the American Institute of Architects.

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CHICAGO — A Beverly fire station that was transformed into a hat-making workshop has won an award.

Chicago-based Optimo has a celebrity following, with its fans including actor Johnny Depp and musician Jack White. The hatmakers set up shop in the firehouse in 2013, and the renovated workshop won a Design Excellence awrad from the American Institute of Architects’ Chicago chapter this week, according to a news release.

The century-old firehouse, 1700 W. 95th St., was shuttered after a bigger fire station was built nearby in 2008. Optimo bought the spot in 2013 for $1.

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Optimo tried to maintain historical features of the building during a redesign, which was led by Chicago firm SOM.

Optimo crafts its hats in the revamped spot using antique equipment and maintains a corporate office in the fire station’s second floor. The hats themselves as sold at Optimo’s Downtown shop, 51 W. Jackson Blvd.

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