This Old House / Police and Fire Program

Grades: K-12
Subject area: Architecture, Eco-Design, Environmental Science, and Historic Preservation

Description: Students learn how historic preservation, an important architectural specialization and career track, can be green. This program explores the historic building that housed the first Police and Fire Station of Coral Gables – now repurposed as the Coral Gables Museum. Topics include: LEED certification, identifying eco-friendly building materials, and adapting existing buildings to be more energy efficient. In partnership with the Coral Gables Police and Fire Departments, students will also visit the new Stations for a behind-the-scenes tour of operations today. This program allows students to better understand the critical importance of these departments to public safety and the role of civic heroes in our community.


  • Introduction by Museum staff about historic preservation and LEED (15 min.)
  • Tour of Coral Gables Museum highlighting LEED initiatives led by Museum staff (45 min.)
  • Tour of the new Coral Gables Police and Fire Stations (1 hr.)

Duration: 2 hours
Site: Coral Gables Museum & new Police and Fire Station
Cost: $5 per student, group size: 20-25
Note* Police & Fire Tours only available Tuesday-Thursday. Please provide at least three weeks advanced notice to avoid scheduling conflicts with the Police and Fire Department