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Historic Philadelphia Firehouse Gets An Upgrade

By KEN SNYDER, Correspondent | March 15, 2021 | PENNSYLVANIA

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Philadelphia, PA - Located in the northwest section of the city, Chestnut Hill's Engine 37 historic 1894 station recently received $9 million worth of renovations and expansion.

This 127-year-old firehouse was built for the horse-drawn apparatus and is the city's oldest continually operating station. This company is well known for having the tightest quarters in the city; its engine has to have modified handrails and retractable sideview mirrors to clear the overhead doors. The station doors were designed in 1893 by John Windrim before he built Philly's Franklin Institute. A new two-bay, one-story annex station with a common glass walkway connects to the older station. The previous door clearance problem is now solved by using folding doors.

Other new features include a new HVAC, modern kitchen, bathrooms, and locker area, an exercise room, washers and dryers for decontamination of gear, and a multipurpose/training room.

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