A West Broadway building’s valves and hydrants

Lots of New York buildings are adorned with images: faces, animals, cherubs, wreaths, urns, even musical instruments.

But not many feature industrial equipment on its facade, as this little four-story, cream-colored gem in Tribeca does.

Tucked away midblock on West Broadway between Franklin and Whites Streets, the building originally served as the FDNY’s High Pressure Services Headquarters in 1912.

“. . . the iconography on this slender building’s glazed terra cotta facade includes representations of fire hydrants, hoses, valves, couplings, and other tools of the fireman’s trade,” states One Thousand New York Buildings by Jorg Brockman and Bill Harris.

“It is crowned in its central pediment by a fine rendering of the official seal of the City of New York.”

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