Old California Street Firehouse by Ansel Adams

Old California Street Firehouse”

Old California Street Firehouse”

Old California Street Firehouse: The style of Engine 15 firehouse has been referred to as “Gothic Burlesque”. Built in 1884, it represents the ‘Gothic Revival Spirit’ that prevailed in San Francisco from the 1850’s; reaching its peak in the 1880’s. This structure was one of the principal buildings of this picturesque style that survived the 1906 great earthquake and fire. Demolished in 1959, the important ornamental features of the facade were retained for exhibition purposes. (Library of Congress)