Landmarks Preservation Commission Designates Five Historic Firehouses

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Engine Co. 228 in Sunset Park, Brooklyn (left) Engine Co. 73/Hook & Ladder 42 in Longwood, Bronx (right)

Engine Co. 228 in Sunset Park, Brooklyn (left) Engine Co. 73/Hook & Ladder 42 in Longwood, Bronx (right)

Five firehouses, built over a century ago, were granted landmark status yesterday. The Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) unanimously approved each of these five buildings for what Commission Chairman Robert B. Tierney characterized as “a clear expression of civic spirit and pride of purpose that existed at the time they were built and continue to this day in our City’s municipal architecture.”

Engine Co. 268/Hook & Ladder 137 in Rockaway Park, Queens (left); Engine Co. 240/Battalion 48 in Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn (center); Engine Co. 46/Hook & Ladder 17 in Bathgate, the Bronx (right)

Engine Co. 268/Hook & Ladder 137 in Rockaway Park, Queens (left); Engine Co. 240/Battalion 48 in Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn (center); Engine Co. 46/Hook & Ladder 17 in Bathgate, the Bronx (right)

These historic firehouses are located in Sunset Park and Windsor Terrace sections of Brooklyn; Bathgate and Longwood in the Bronx; and the Rockaway Park area of Queens. The buildings represent a range of architectural styles from Romanesque Revival and Neo Classical to Arts and Crafts and Colonial Revival—and were designed by several noteworthy architects of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, including, Frank J. Helmle, Peter J. Lauritzen, and the firm Napoleon LeBrun & Sons.

With these recent additions, a total of 37 firehouses have been designated as landmarks throughout the city, of which 32 are still in operation, according to LPC.

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