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Vintage Firehouses - Engine Company No. 24:
 
Engine Company No. 24
Engine 24 Horse Drawn

Engine Company No. 24 - 1914
100 Hoffman Avenue (mapped location)

Neighborhood: Noe Valley

Company History:
1914   Engine Co. No. 24 relocated from 449 Douglas Street, and continues to be in service to date
1952   Auxiliary Engine Co. No. 20 organized and assigned to quarters
1974   Auxiliary Engine Co. No. 20 disbanded

Engine No. 24, now Station 24, was designed by John Reid Jr.  The two-story building has an exposed brick facade with an arched entryway and simple cornice of brackets and dentil molding.  Original drawings for the building were revised so that the building could "accommodate" motor driven apparatus with no provision for horses.  This alteration signaled the beginning of the changeover from horses to motors.  Apparently the company's first motorized engine was late in arriving from east coast as this photograph   link to photo or place it nearby here    shows the steam engine and hose wagon, both horse drawn, with an unidentified motor runabout in the street in front of quarters.  Department records show that the first motorized engine of the company was a 1915 Christie worm-gear driven 2-wheel tractor with a 4 cylinder 48.4 HP motor.  The Christie tractor pulled an attached 1899 American Metropolitan, registry #2623, 3rd size steam engine, double, with a 7 ½ inch stroke on a 600 GPM pump.  A companion 1914 American LaFrance Type 12 Chemical, with a 35 gallon tank, and Hose Car was placed into service a year earlier.  Engine Company No. 24 remains in service today at this location offering fire protection to the Noe Valley, Twin Peaks area and the Mission District.