Introverted Buildings in Philadelphia
Engine 13, Fifteenth and Parrish Streets
‘Exhibit A’ of how metal lettering can ‘make or break’ a building (plastic dimensional letters ruin a lot of new ones). Like Case, this brick building has elegant accents in the stone lintel and wrapped corners. I imagine there were once garage doors under that lintel.
The letters are fine. Is this still an engine company? how do they get the engines in and out? At least there’s a window.
Go to Google Maps and then click on “A” on the map then “street view” in the bubble to pan around Fire House 13. If this works, the first picture you’ll see is a more recent two-bay addition to the west of the mid-century Fire House, with four of Philadelphia’s finest staring down Google’s camera. (Don’t mind their shorts.)
I’m guessing when they expanded the original bay was bricked up and converted into offices or sleeping quarters.
And if you rotate around on Google streetview, you can see that the firefighters are playing whiffleball — there’s a guy in the garage bay holding a bat, another in the street pitching, and a third playing the field in the parking lot across the street. Love it! (And yes, it also shows the organic growth of the building as Ken mentions.)
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