Housing the first full service fire brigade in Monterey the two story brick firehouse housed hand and horse drawn fire equipment as well as a bell tower to call the men to muster. The building was utilized as a working firehouse until expansion was needed in 1959.
The popular mail order catalog had expanded its operations to include brick and mortar storefronts and the old Monterey firehouse was the perfect location to store their catalog and storefront items.
Fern bar is a slang term for an upscale or preppy bar catering to singles decorated with ferns or other "fussy" plants, as well as such decor as fake Tiffany lamps and specializing in wild and outlandish drinks. Although research has not yet uncovered the name of the establishment, current chains like T.G.I. Fridays try to carry on the aesthetic.