Engine House No. 3

Engine House No. 3 (HM1B64)

Location: Racine, WI 53403 Racine County
Country: United States of America

N 42° 43.556', W 87° 47.365'

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The Building
The City of Racine purchased the site in 1869 for $1,000, but deferred the actual construction of a new building for over a decade. After several unsuccessful bids for an engine house, Alderman Lucius Blake convinced the Common Council to approve a new building. In May of 1881, the council accepted a design from David R. Jones, a Madison architect. Jones' design, in the Victorian Italianate style, called for a two-story building with a tower, and clad in cream brick with stone acents [sic]. Construction was delayed at the start, but the company was able to move in by December 1, 1881.

Engine Company No. 3
Engine Company No. 3 was formed in 1849, one year after Racine was incorporated as a city. The volunteer company was made up almost exclusively of Welsh immigrants. The company's original home was on Seventh Street, between Main and Wisconsin. Two years after Engine Company No. 3 moved into their new home, the Racine Fire Department changed from volunteer service to a professional company. Engine House No. 3 remained in use until 1968. In 1976, as part of the National Bicentennial, the City of Racine restored the building.

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The engine house was originally designed to be on a corner. However, Grand Avenue was never constructed, and a plaza was built in its place. Instead of having a decorative front fa?ade and blank "party" walls on either side, the building has two fronts: one along modern-day Sixth Street, and another along the plaza where Grand Avenue would have been.
Photograph by Great Lakes Archeological Research Center, Inc. 2012

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The Engine Company No. 3, photographed in 1907. Members included, from left to right: Henry Martin, John Fach, Captain John Diedish, Chief James Cape, William Billhorn, and Charles Jenista.
Image Property of Racine Heritage Museum Archival Collection. All Rights Reserved.
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HM NumberHM1B64
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Date Added Thursday, October 9th, 2014 at 7:57pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 435370 N 4730682
Decimal Degrees42.72593333, -87.78941667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 43.556', W 87° 47.365'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 43' 33.36" N, 87° 47' 21.90" W
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Area Code(s)262
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 801-873 6th St, Racine WI 53403, US
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