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Vintage Firehouses - Engine Company No. 23:
Engine Company No. 23

Engine Company No. 23 December, 1963
December, 1963

Engine Company No. 23 - 1893
3022 Washington Street (mapped location)

San Francisco Official Landmark 93

Neighborhood: Pacific Heights

Company History:
1893   Engine Co. No. 23 organized and assigned to quarters
1915   September 19th, converted to motorized apparatus
1941   November 1st, Battalion 4 relocated from Engine Co. No. 15, 2150 California Street
1960   November 18th, Battalion 4 relocated to the quarters of Engine Co. No. 15, 2150 California Street
1963   October 16th, company relocated to new quarters at 285 Olympia Way.  Later sold at the City & County of San Francisco public auctions.

Engine 23 Changeover

Designed by Henrikson & Mahoney, Victorian style Engine No. 23 is nearly identical to Engine Co. No. 21.  Constructed with redwood millwork that characterized much of the architecture of the era; its company acted as protector to the prominent families of the Pacific Heights District.  At the September 15th, 1915 changeover to motorized apparatus, the Company received a 1915 Christie worm-gear-driven 2 wheel 4 cylinder 48.4 HP tractor connected to a 1907 American LaFrance Metropolitan, registry #3214, steam engine, double 7 ½ inch piston 600 GPM pump.  Also, on this date the company also received a 1913 American LaFrance, registry #275, combination Chemical and Hose Car, with one 35 gallon chemical tank. The company was relocated to new quarters at 285 Olympia Way.  The firehouse was sold at public auction to interior designer John Dickerson, who converted the building into his home and studio.  After John Dickerson's death, Carl and Martha Harmon bought the firehouse, and they later sold it to former Governor Jerry Brown who lived in the firehouse for two years during the 1980's.

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