one finds other interesting buildings. For example, the revamped Fire Station 28 was originally designed as a barn with living quarters above it. But now, it's equal parts attractive renovation and gleaming new addition. The garage bay doors to the east are non-operational. Walk around back to see the tight squeeze that the fire engine has to negotiate to get inside. (After the initial construction, the back entrance had to be widened by 18 inches because it was unrealistically narrow.)
The strangely effective sculpture/light beacon out front is by James Harrison. Titled "Araminta" (Harriet Tubman's given name at birth), it's not just another one of Portland's ubiquitous glow-in-the-dark sidewalk tentacles. Somehow the sculpture's striking verticality and color make it a good match with the blocky fire station.