Brooklyn Heights

Turn-of-century Brooklyn Heights firehouse called architectural gem

October 22, 2018 By Raanan Geberer Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Eagle file photo by Mary Frost
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One of Brooklyn Heights’ firehouses looks more like a Gilded Age mansion than a typical firehouse, and certainly fits the upscale Brooklyn Heights neighborhood.

The circa-1903 firehouse, Engine Co. 224 at 274 Hicks St., was designed later than most of the row houses surrounding it, according to Brownstoner. However, the real estate publication says, it “adds so much to the streetscape, with great presence, and decorates well for the holidays, too.”

It was designed by the firm of Adams & Warren in 1903, Brownstoner said. Partner William Adams was known for designing large, year-round estates for the wealthy on Long Island.

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All in all, said Brownstoner, the firehouse, except for its functional large entrance, “could easily pass for one of the Beaux-Arts mansions of the Upper East Side, with handsome patinated copper-clad dormers and tiles on the upper story and a fine limestone and iron balcony below.”

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