Dangerous Profession

The Sepia Saturday prompt this week shows several individuals putting themselves in a dangerous situation. Firefighters are a group of individuals whose job it is to put themselves into dangerous situations.  In Boston this week we have been reminded of how dangerous is the job of a firefighter. Two members of this very firehouse perished in a raging fire and were recently laid to rest.

Photo: City of Boston Archives
This firehouse was opened on February 20, 1888 when Engine Company 33 and Ladder Company 15 were organized in this new firehouse. Engine 33 and Ladder 15.  Those companies have remained here, excluding several periods of interior renovation, since 1888.

This historic building was designed by city architect Arthur H. Vinal in the Richardsonian Romanesque style made popular by famous architect Henry Hobson Richardson. From 1976 to 2007 the old police station, on the left, was the home of the Institute of Contemporary Art. In 2007 it was acquired by Boston Architectural College. BAC's main building is the Brutalist style edifice behind the firehouse, seen in the lower photo.

The firehouse is located at 941 Boylston Street at the corner of Hereford Street, in the Back Bay section of the city.

Photo: Google Earth Street View
There are four small plaques on front of the building, next to the bays, in memory of previous fallen firefighters. Two others will be added shortly for Lt. Edward Walsh and Firefighter Michael Kennedy.

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