Engine House No. 28 - Buffalo, NY
Posted by: Rayman
N 42° 53.390 W 078° 48.290
17T E 679247 N 4750918
Quick Description: Buffalo's Engine 28 Headquarters, built in 1897, is located on the lower east side of Buffalo.
Location: New York, United States
Date Posted: 2/3/2008 3:28:21 PM
Waymark Code: WM33EJ
Engine House #28 is architecturally significant as an example of turn-of-the-century firehouse design in Buffalo. It was designed by Frederick Mohr of Buffalo in 1897 to serve the fire protection needs of Buffalo's 9th Ward. The station displays an eclectic blend of features associated with late 19th century styles, which are scaled down. These features include a symmetrical configuration, regular fenestration and classically inspired decoration.
Constructed for horse-drawn fire apparatus, the firehouse retains evidence of its original plan and functional divisions as well as many significant interior details that reflect current attitudes towards firefighting. When built, in addition to accommodating a steam pumper, hose cart, horses, and a crew of nine, the station also provided special amenities such as a sitting room and indoor bathroom facilities. These amenities are indicative of the high esteem in which firefighters were held at the time. Fire poles allowed for quick access to the equipment from the upstairs dorms. The horse stalls were located behind the steam engine allowing for quick hook-up. In 1923 when the station received a motorized truck, the horse stables were removed and the area converted to a kitchen while the upstairs hayloft was converted to a recreation room.
Throughout the past couple decades, the city's population has declined and as a result, many of the fire houses have closed. Fortunately, Engine 28 has survived and continues to serve the residents of the Lovejoy neighborhood of Buffalo.
1170 Lovejoy St
Buffalo, NY United States
County / Borough / Parish: Erie
Year listed: 2001
Historic (Areas of) Significance: Architecture/Engineering
Periods of significance: 1875-1899
Historic function: Government: Fire Station
Current function: Government: Fire Station
Primary Web Site: [Web Link]
Privately owned?: Not Listed
Season start / Season finish: Not listed
Hours of operation: Not listed
Secondary Website 1: Not listed
Secondary Website 2: Not listed
National Historic Landmark Link: Not listed
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