Chicago Surface Lines
at 64th and Wentworth looking south, at the "Y" located there next to what
I believe was an old powerhouse. The Englewood police station is to the
right of the "Armour" building. The building just north of the "Y" appearsto
be an old powerhouse. The Rock Island viaduct is in background. This area
is now a bridge over the Dan Ryan expressway.
police station in the background was originally built for the Town of Lake
in 1884 and housed both a police and fire department. The building
became part of the City of Chicago when the Town of Lake was annexed on
July 15, 1889. The police station was on the south end of the building
and housed the 17th Precinct (Englewood) until the early 1950's.
Engine 51 of the Chicago Fire Department occupied the north end of the
building until November 1960. The building was torn down in 1967.
An interesting item is the statue of Christopher Columbus that is seen
in the photo. This was presented to the Chicago Fire Department at
the end of the World's Columbian Exposition in 1893 in memory of four Chicago
firemen and eight Columbian Exposition firemen who lost their lives at
the Cold Storage Fire on July 10, 1893. (Information from History
of Chicago Fire Houses of the 19th Century by Ken Little and John McNalis.)
The building just behind the trolley pole is the Englewood Fire Alarm Office
of the Chicago Fire Department.
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