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Our Hydrants, Our Selves: 1943

Our Hydrants, Our Selves: 1943

January 1943. Washington, D.C. "Engine House No. 4." Not to mention Hydrant No. 1 and Wingtip No. 2. Photo by Gordon "Point of View" Parks. View full size.

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I've long been about four feet taller than when my perspective was so close to the ground. The view from down there of things like hydrants and coal chutes and the brass plates embedded in sidewalks by cement companies were one of the best things about being a kid.

Not buying it

I would only live in an old firehouse if it still had the fire pole.

That's an A.P. Smith hydrant

Possibly a Model 1078 (1920s) with two 2.5-inch nozzles and one 4-inch.

A.P. Smith supplied hydrants to major U.S. cities beginning in the early part of the twentieth century, and have been a favorite of dogs since the very beginning.

WW II Poster

On the wall to the right:

Rooftop Deck and Fireman’s Pole

Here's a fun little article about it's history and current usage (home and studio to artist Craig Kraft) of the building.

And, the fire hydrant still stands:

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931 R Street, NW

The fire house - still standing in the Logan Circle area - was the home of the first all-black fire company in Washington DC. Previously known as Engine House No. 7, in 1940 it became known as Engine House No. 4. A more detailed history of the building and the engine company is found here.

But if you'd like to be part of the building's future rather than its past, and have $2.65 million just sitting around, you'll like this real estate listing, complete with photos of how it's been converted into a home and sculptor's studio.

SHORPY OLD PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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