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Engine #15 Fire Station
64 Amherst Street, Buffalo, NY

2014 photos

2003 photos

History: This was one of three fire stations that used essentially the same design. The other other two are No.34 on Main Street across the street from Bennett High School (photo) and the station on Elmwood and Amherst near the former Pierce-Arrow plant, both of which are still being used as fire halls.

The cornerstone was laid in 1912.

Built to help protect Black Rock, which boasts over 90 pre-1850 standing houses in the area, for example 71-73 Amherst, diagonally across the street. The dominant style of the neighboring houses is Greek Revival.

The building ceased to be used as a fire station by the city in late 1970s. It was then sold and converted to several large apartments.
Architect: Thomas W. Harris (?)
Harris designed Engine #34 Firehouse on Main and Mercer (PHOTO)
Architectural style: In contrast to the mostly Greek Revival houses in the immediate neighborhood, the station is an example of Arts and Crafts style with Italianate ornamentation (especially the paired brackets and, of course, the tower)

2014 photos

Key Bank on the left ... Station No. 15 on the right

Neighbors: Across the street on East Street are the St. Francis Xavier Church, rectory and school

Front (south elevation) on Amherst St.

Slate shingles on dormer and roof; dormer (as well as building) has hipped roof

Paired Italianate brackets under wide eaves. Pebbledash between brackets.

Dressed sandstone entrance surround: Entablature includes dentils and frieze

includes dentils and frieze


Jack arch   ...   Stretcher bond

East elevation on East Street

Italianate tower. Hoses were hung here to dry.

2003 photos

Neighbor: Half a block down the street on Amherst is St. John's United Church of Christ

East facade on East Street with neighbors at 140 and 142 East

Architect's plan showing the front elevation

Architect's plan of front doors, now replaced by a garage door

Cornerstone on right of front entry

City seal on left of front entry

Fire alarm boxes (here post only, box missing)

Architect's plan showing east elevation (on East Street)

Architect's plan showing west elevation (left side of building).

Photos and their arrangement 2014, 2003 Chuck LaChiusa
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