What’s that demolition permit on old firehouse at Water and Reed?

Demolition permits have been filed for the building at 1401 S. Water St., the old firehouse that until 2006 was the Engine 46 steakhouse.

Would be a shame to lose such a cool building. Pics from our friend Pennsporter

But it’s unclear what that means for the historic firehouse, built in 1895 and whose crenellated tower is visible from I-95. One permit filed in January  is “for the partial demolition of an existing building” and another filed last month says “demolition of existing building as part of secondary building.”

So, the permits could be targeting the more modern addition at the back of the building, but that could just be wishful thinking. When we called New York-based owner Cedar Realty Trust to find out what was going on, they told us the man we needed to speak with was down here in Philly. He hasn’t returned our call.

engine 46 (2)

What’s even more strange is that the permit is no longer in the window. No records filed with the city indicate any changes, so we assume the demo is a go. The company owns the entire shopping strip from the Riverview Theater and Warmdaddy’s all the way up to the Dunkin Donuts at Washington Avenue.

We’ll update you once we hear back from them.

One thought on “What’s that demolition permit on old firehouse at Water and Reed?

  • March 25, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    Why on earth would the city let that building be demolished? It’s gorgeous. Meanwhile, the Riverview Theater is an eyesore.

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