Tucked in at Hoboken’s north end, at 1313 Washington (numbered addresses are easy in Hoboken; it’s between 13th and 14th Street) is the Romanesque Revival Engine Company #2, which is still active and has been since 1890 when it replaced an earlier firehouse that ironically burned down.
One of the hallmarks of Romanesque and most architecture from the pre-1925 period is attention to detail and ornamentation. The firehouse has a peaked tower, a peaked cornice, and arched window on the 3rd floor and a trio of square windows on the second floor, and intricate yellow brick stonework overall. The original architects were French, Dixon and DeSaldern, with tasteful modifications by Dean Marchetto and James Caulfield on its centennial in 1990.
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