Squash On Fire was born by a love of parents for their daughter, who in turn fell in love with the game of squash at the age of 10.
When the family traveled, they always took Squash racquets with them, and played and competed all over the over the US, Europe, and even Egypt, playing in small urban squash clubs to beautiful luxurious ones. As an urban developer also following trends, Anthony Lanier, saw the rise of specialist sports, and also wanted to support this physical sport and bring it out of sweaty, poorly vented clubs, and elite suburban private clubs.
One day he saw the opportunity to incorporate a squash club into one of his projects in Georgetown. He challenged his architect, Enrique Norton from Mexico City, to include a squash facility, into a project which also held a separate housing component, as well as a fire station!
Together Enrique, Anthony, Isabel, and their team, which included the tremendous assistance of many people and designers, such as Vitra Furnishings from Switzerland, and Ingo Maurer as lighting designer, this project born out of passion and frustration, became Squash On Fire.
Our new state-of-the-art facility is being built on the site of one of DC’s oldest fire stations. Our goal is to set the DC squash community "on fire," so we incorporated the history of the site into our brand. Dalmatians are the mascot of many fire stations. These dogs are known for their intelligence, quickness, and of course, their spotted coats.
The intersection of the fire station, the Dalmatian, and our mission gave birth to the brand Squash On Fire.