06/29/12 214 W, 1 I - + 3 - 3 Not a Former Firehouse

But it sure looks like one, doesn't it? That's the challenge in cities with older buildings with engine house characteristics such as arched doorways. This one's in Philadelphia and is a former mounted police station. It's also, we're told, a common question about the city's fire department history. Is that the old quarters for Ladder 3? Negative, that building was a few blocks north on Frankford Avenue. 

Mr. Blogger is prepping for his summer trip to Baltimore, and his trademark "what's nearby" excursions. This year he'll return to Philly, and with an objective to find and photograph as many historic fire stations as possible. (Shot a half-dozen in 2010, so at least those are done!) He'll be there two nights. He's found, notably by pairing the appendix of "Hike Out!" with Google Maps street view, some four dozen buildings to find. Most of those are closed stations. 

Read about this research on the Philly Fire News discussion board. Read about earlier urban explorations, from Baltimore to Detroit to St. Louis, on Mike's history page. Or see photos on his Flickr site. See you in a couple weeks. Watch for the guy in a Hawaiian shirt who's talking in the third person. George likes spicy chicken.

Like this building, Mike.
stretch - 06/29/12 - 11:24

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