07/27/12 116 W, 2 I - + 7 - 4 Faces in Stone

Here's an interesting feature of Engine 14's house in Philadelphia. Located on Foulkrod Street, the two-bay building was built in 1927. Adorning the bottom of a second-story balcony on the front are these four faces. Any architectural historians handy, who can explain their significance? Based on their expressions, perhaps they convey some sort of comedy or fool? And/or are they racial stereotypes? Doesn't look like that to me, but... (Apologies if we enter dangerous political territory, there. Equal apologies if these are dead-ringers from someone at your station.) See the entire set of photos. See related thread about building decorations.

Posed this question on the Philly Fire News board, and received this answer: “The sitting Mayor (or one of his staff) is usually the model for such statuary.” Wild!
Legeros - 07/27/12 - 19:27

I worked in a lot of the old firehouse in New York City and I would take them over the newer ones. Plenty of room,especially if you were a student. One of the first things you learned as a Probie was how to stoke the coal burning furnace. Be prepared to be crucified by the senior man (AKA First Whip) if the fire died.
John Rademacher (Captain FDNY retired) (Email) - 07/30/12 - 20:45

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