N.Y. Owners and Phila. Council and Pennsport Civic Assoc.: Prevent the demolition of "Engine 46" Firehouse Reed and Water Sts.
  • Petitioning Councilman Mark Squilla

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Philadelphia City Council Ph: 215.686.3458 & 215.686.3459
Councilman Mark Squilla
Philadelphia Mayor
Mayor Michael Nutter
Philadelphia Councilman
Bill Green
Philadelphia Councilman
William K. Greenlee
Philadelphia Councilman
W. Wilson Goode, Jr.
Philadelphia Councilwoman
Blondell Reynolds Brown
Philadelphia Councilman
James Kenney
Philadelphia Councilman
Dennis O’Brien
Philadelphia Councilman
David Oh

N.Y. Owners and Phila. Council and Pennsport Civic Assoc.: Prevent the demolition of "Engine 46" Firehouse Reed and Water Sts.

    1. Petition by

      Anthony Maisano

      United States

Dear Current Property Owners, Councilman Squilla, and all:
In reference to the old "Engine 46" firehouse very recently slated to be demolished, please help prevent the loss of the old firehouse. I understand that somehow it is not on a historic registry. However, it's historical nature, architectural example, and overall importance to the community is invaluable. This now rare example of a nineteenth century firehouse is undoubtedly full of aesthetic character and charm. With it's Byzantine banding of brick it is the architectural inspiration for the entire entertainment complex which includes Warmdaddy's and the Riverview Theatre. It's tower is a beacon visible from the expressway. This building has much potential. Please do whatever you can to help preserve and make good use of this wonderful building for all to be inspired for generations to come. Also, let me know if there is anything I can do in this effort as well. In addition to being a local resident, I have some experience with historical architecture. So, Councilman, please let me know of any historical documentation and graphic presentations you may require in undertaking this cause. I am happy to help.
Looking forward, may there be a way to have a sort of blanket protection for buildings that fit some kind of historic criteria? Understandably, it would be virtually impossible and likely not desireable to try to historically designate every building in Philadelphia. But, when a building fits prescribed criteria it should be treated as a special case, whether it's been individually designated or not. Often notice is too late to prevent this kind of loss. This is our urban fabric and architectural precedent! Please help keep and care for it.
Thank you in advance for your support.
Note: This particular petition is only for the preservation of the "Engine 46" Firehouse and not necessarily for the blanket designation proposal.


Anthony J. Maisano

To learn more about this building go to http://hiddencityphila.org or http://www.southwarkhistory.org/ and read Michael Schrieber's essay.

"Soon To Be Demolished? On The Significance Of Engine 46"

Councilman Mark Squilla, Philadelphia City Council Ph: 215.686.3458 & 215.686.3459
Mayor Michael Nutter, Philadelphia Mayor
Bill Green, Philadelphia Councilman
William K. Greenlee, Philadelphia Councilman
W. Wilson Goode, Jr., Philadelphia Councilman
Blondell Reynolds Brown, Philadelphia Councilwoman
James Kenney, Philadelphia Councilman
Dennis O’Brien, Philadelphia Councilman
David Oh, Philadelphia Councilman
Prevent the demolition of "Engine 46" Fire House Reed and Water Sts.

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    1. Reached 750 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Angela Floyd PHILADELPHIA, PA
      • 3 months ago

      South Philadelphia is my home and Philadelphia's rich architectural history should be preserved in every neighborhood, not just Center City.

    • eileen talanian GLENSIDE, PA
      • 6 months ago

      This is a stunning piece of architecture and should be preserved rather than demolishng it and constructing a monstrosity that would house a chain store.

    • carlon heffron PHILADELPHIA, PA
      • 6 months ago

      architectural treasure

    • Patricia Del Vecchio PHILADELPHIA, PA
      • 6 months ago

      It's a beautiful building. It looks like a tiny castle. Inside is all brick. It's a shame that the firehouse is not occupied.

    • Chris Hunter PHILADELPHIA, PA
      • 6 months ago

      Please preserve our historic buildings!


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