fire house

Pennington Fire Company

Members of the Pennington Fire Department pose proudly in front of the old Fire House on North Main Street. The building still exists. The photo dates from around 1911

current firehouse

Built by the International Order of Odd Fellows (I.O.O.F.) in 1891. Originally three stories, the 1st floor contained a restaurant and a pool hall; the 2nd and 3rd floors were used by the l.O.O.F. In 1897, the Fire Company rented half of the Ist floor for its fire engine. Note the double parapet gable on the upper facade and the flush fan above the main center window between two smaller arched radiated windows. Became Borough Hall in 1929. Interior notable for pressed tin ceiling on the 2nd floor. Front of the 1st floor was radically changed to a "colonial" appearance after WW 11. At rear of building is the borough's former one room jail built circa 1911.
The building was formerly shared by the Borough Hall and the Fire Department. Later, after the Fire Department moved to Broome Street, the building was shared by the Borough Hall and the Borough Library. Currently, the Borough Hall and Borough Library have relocated to a separate building, and the former fire company building is being used for commecial purposes.

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updated January 2017
posted February 2008