“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Harrisburg in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Hope Fire Station

Hope Fire Station Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Pfingsten, March 21, 2008
1. Hope Fire Station Marker
Inscription.  Directly across this street stands the Hope Fire Station, oldest fire station in Harrisburg and one of the oldest in the U.S. It was originally owned by the Hope Fire Company, which was organized in 1814, and which built this building in 1871. Distinctive through its Italianate architectural design with tall arch-headed windows and corbelled exterior brickwork, the building remains a symbol of the classic neighborhood fire station of the 19th Century. The Hope Company, which was a volunteer unit as all were at the time, later became absorbed into the City of Harrisburg's Fire Bureau. The City continued to operate what had become known as the Hope Fire Station into the second half of the 20th Century. Upon the construction of two new state-of-the-art fire stations in the City in the late 1970's, the Hope Fire Station, and other smaller fire stations at various locations in Harrisburg, was sold for alternate use. The Hope Fire Station's important historic and architectural significance led the City at that time to require that the building's purchaser retain many of the building's original interior and exterior features which are still in place
Hope Fire Station image. Click for full size.
By William Pfingsten, March 21, 2008
2. Hope Fire Station
Now occupied for commercial purposes.
1914 view of the Hope Fire Station before the roof bell cupola was removed.

Erected by The Harrisburg History Project Commissioned by Mayor Stephen R. Reed.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Pennsylvania, The Harrisburg History Project marker series.
Location. 40° 15.831′ N, 76° 53.274′ W. Marker is in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, in Dauphin County. Marker is on N. Second Street, on the right when traveling north. Between North and Liberty Streets. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Harrisburg PA 17101, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Harrisburg Cotton Factory and The Central YMCA (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Civic Club of Harrisburg (about 400 feet away); The Obelisk (about 500 feet away); Parish Church of St. Lawrence (Former) (about 500 feet away); St. Michael’s Lutheran Church (about 500 feet away); Genevieve Blatt (1913 - 1996) (about 500 feet away); Grace Methodist Church (about 600 feet away); The John Crain Kunkel and Katherine Smoot Kunkel Memorial (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Harrisburg.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 29, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,370 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 29, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.
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