From Guardians of The City with respect to old Engine Company No. 16 at 909 Tennessee:
City Architect John Reid Jr. designed this two-story brick structure to replace the original 1887 home of 16 Engine that was a block away at 1009 Tennessee Street. A two-story brick firehouse with a cornice brightened with small colored tiles, terra cotta keystones accent the arched dormitory windows and plaques above the doors.
Off of Third Street, near the Pier 70 complex, in what is called the “Dogpatch” section of the Potrero District, Engine Company 16 was considered a waterfront company. From the 1880′s through World War II the Potrero Point Pier 70 area was a very active shipbuilding and steel manufacturing district. It became the largest civilian shipyard on the west coast.
This firehouse is located on a bigger plot of land owned the City. To the rear of the firehouse on the corner of 3rd and 19th Streets are the former Potrero Police Station and the neighbor Public Health Emergency room.
Engine Company No.16 was disbanded on July 1, 1970, due to ordered City budget cuts to the Fire Department. From 1970 to 1976 the firehouse was used by Toy Program. From 1976 to 1992 the house was used as a Museum annex apparatus workshop and collection storage area. Since 1992 the firehouse is being used by the Department for storage.
According to a plugged-in tipster the San Francisco Fire Department will be selling 909 Tennessee in order to help balance its budget.
And our tipster’s (paraphrased) question: Does it make sense to address an ongoing budgetary problem with a one time sale of an asset in a down market?
UPDATE: The asking price is expected to be around $735,000.
∙ Engine Company No. 16 (909 Tennessee Street) [guardiansofthecity.org]