Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Rockaway firehouse to be landmarked
From the Daily News:
Five city firehouses, including a 100-year-old Rockaway building that escaped the fire and floods of Superstorm Sandy, could soon receive landmark designation.
The city Landmarks Preservation Commission, which is set to vote on the designation Tuesday, has been making a special effort in recent years to protect historic municipal buildings and their unique architecture.
Two of the firehouses are in the Bronx and another two in Brooklyn.
“Firehouses and other public buildings are often the most prominent structures in their neighborhoods,” said Simeon Bankoff of the Historic Districts Council. “They serve as landmarks and we’re pleased to see them become ‘Landmarks’ in fact as well.”
Engine Co. 268/Hook and Ladder 137 on Beach 116th St. sits just a few blocks from the beach in Rockaway. Sections of the the neighborhoods surrounding it went up in flames during Superstorm Sandy.
The Colonial Revival-style building that houses Engine Co. 268 in Rockaway Park was designed by architect Frank J. Helmle. It also has elements of the Arts and Crafts style, such as ceramic shields and a stepped parapet wall.