It may not look like it, but the 158-year-old watchtower at the top of Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem is finally on the road to restoration. That means the last fire watchtower in the city, which used to toll its 10,000-pound bell and alert nearby firehouses in the area to a blaze, is being dismantled as we speak. Harlem Bespoke has an update on the deconstruction of the Mount Morris Park Fire Watchtower, a process that will take until April. The parts will then be transported off to a warehouse in Queens for rehabilitation work. The end goal of the $4 million project is to re-build the historic structure in the same spot and open it up to visitors.
Preservationists have put upa snazzy site with lots of intel on the tower and its restoration, so track it there.
· Mount Morris Park Fire Watchtower [official]
· Architecture: Deconstruction at Watchtower [Harlem Bespoke]
· The Restoration of the Harlem Fire Watchtower Begins [Untapped Cities]
· All Harlem Watchtower coverage [Curbed]