09/09/11 149 W, 4 I - + 2 - 1 Old Doors, But Maybe Not Original


This former Chicago firehouse is located at 228 W. Illinois Street. It operated from 1888 to 1968. Engine 42 was organized here, and operated at the location until relocated in 1968 to new quarters at 55 W. Illinois Street. Other units stationed in the 1888 structure included Squad 1 and Salvage Squad 1. The three-story, brick building measures 40 by 98 feet, and has a floor size of 27 by 88 feet. It is privately owned.

Let's look closely at the doors, and what looks like very old wood and hinges. Are those 120-year old building materials? My untrained eye wondered same. But a photo in a book (see below) from 1920 shows a different door style, without windows and lower in height. Thus these probably date to after 1920. What do readers think? Still pretty cool. Source: History of Chicago Fire Houses of the 19th Century by Ken Little and John McNalis, published 1996. Click to enlarge:
 








  
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