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By Kingpin
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One of the cool things about the New York City Department of Records is they'll upload some pretty neat content from their archives of the city's architecture. One such item that they posted last March is a incredible piece of history of our favourite New York Firehouse: Hook & Ladder 8:

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In 1914, when Varick Street was being widened, the FDNY considered demolishing the 11-year old engine house and moving to a new site. The cost of the parcel of land was $110,000, and the cost of demolition of the existing building would've been an additional $25,000. Due to the high costs, the FDNY instead chopped the building in half, reducing the total cost of the project to $20,000.

Like major renovation projects today, a fresh set of plans had to be drawn up, and the Department of Records showcased the sheet featuring the front/rear elevations in a tweet highlighting the LEGO Firehouse set, released six years prior.

Although the limestone gateway for the alley has long-since vanished, and the apparatus bay doors are modern reproductions, a number of other period features remain, including the swinging crane, visible on the ground floor of the rear elevation.
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By Ecto24601
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Do interior floor plans of H&L 8 exist? I've only seen the ones of LA23 but would be interested in the actual ones of H&L8 and the "Ghostbusters" version.
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By Kingpin
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Ecto24601 wrote: November 28th, 2020, 4:44 am Do interior floor plans of H&L 8 exist?
If they still exist, they'll be in the New York City Department of Records. I'm planning to get in contact with them... But without any legitimate reason beyond being a fanboy, I'm not sure they'll be willing to share any further info on Hook & Ladder 8, seeing as it's still an active Firehouse.
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By Kingpin
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mrmichaelt wrote: November 28th, 2020, 10:10 pm I don't remember if they were going off the original H&L 8 schematic.
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Other than the clerestory windows on the Varick Street side, as well as the door opening out onto Varick, and maybe the
dimensions and the height of the set, no other elements of Hook & Ladder 8's configuration appear to have been worked into the ATC set:

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By mrmichaelt
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Kingpin wrote: November 29th, 2020, 10:28 am Other than the clerestory windows on the Varick Street side, as well as the door opening out onto Varick, and maybe the
dimensions and the height of the set, no other elements of Hook & Ladder 8's configuration appear to have been worked into the ATC set
True, good catches there. Hmm, aside from the municipality, man...don't know, maybe only John DeCuir and Michael Gross had copies of schematics but may have been lost to time after they passed on, respectively. Maybe there is a slight chance Ghost Corps has one.

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