Apr 292010

Versiune în română

The watchtower in today’s photo was used in the old times as an observation tower by the city’s firemen. Back then, the 42 meters (137,7 feet) tall tower was the highest structure in the city. It was built in 1890-1892 after plans by architect George Mandrea, to replace the old fire tower, Colţei Tower, demolished two years earlier in 1888. The tower was also supposed to serve as a water reservoir in case of fire, being equipped with a reservoir and a metal frame in the upper section. The problem was that after finishing the structure they realized that the water pumps of the local water utility company did not have enough power to fill the tower with water. This problem was solved in 1924 with the inauguration of a new water plant but by that time it was no longer necessary as the city’s water network had been developed. The fire brigade remained in the building until 1935, even though starting with 1910 the use of a tall building was made obsolete by the introduction of the telephone. The building served different purposes until 1963 when it became the Firefighters Museum.

  3 Responses to “The Fire Watchtower”

  1. It is a very good looking building. Has certainly held up well through the years.

  2. I think that’s the fanciest fire watchtower I’ve ever seen!

    The Bulandra Theater building is magnificent! I wish I could take a peek inside it!

  3. Outstanding photography.
    With many fires coming up soon, one wishes to be able to have such a beautiful sight as well. Please have a nice Friday.

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