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"