Monday, August 11, 2008

Saving a Firehouse, Creating a Museum

Peekskill's historic 1890 firehouse is about to be lifted out of the way of danger. The building had been slated for demolition as part of the rebuilding of the Route 9 bridge, which literally runs through it's roof. But Sunday's New York Times reports that the building will be moved to safety this week. It will only go about 500 feet, to a temporary spot where it will rest for a scheduled 10 months. Then the structure will be moved across the street to it's permanent home in Lincoln Park, along the Hudson riverfront. The old firehouse will be placed beside the historic Lincoln Depot, where Abraham Lincoln gave a speech in 1861. Plans are to restore the firehouse and to make it and the depot (which has recently been refurbished) into a small museum and visitors center. The Times reports that the City of Peekskill is inviting proposals for the final design and use of the new plaza. Whatever the final plan, the firehouse and depot are both wonderful buildings and their restoration is sure to be a great addition to Peekskill.
SOURCE: The New York Times: A Peekskill Firehouse on the Move
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A. said...

I'm so glad to hear that they are saving this building rather than just knocking it down because it's easier.

Anonymous said...

I saw the old train station being restored and wondered what the plan was for it. This sounds like it will be great!