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Historic Engine 55 - FDNY

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What do New York City's Little Italy, actor Steve Buschemi, and Fimbel Doors have in common? Very simply, the historic and honorable Engine 55. Nestled in the heart of Little Italy, this structure stands tall and proud telling the gravest and bravest stories of the City. This grand structure was home for several years to the notable actor, Steve Buschemi. His return to service after 9/11 and his advocacy for the FDNY has earned him the title of Honorary Battalion Chief of the FDNY. His dedication and commitment demonstrate the core values of the organization and those shared by us at Fimbel.

A walk through the streets of New York's five boroughs will undoubtedly bring you past one of the 197 Engine Houses associated with the FDNY. Most of the doors you will see have been manufactured by Fimbel either then or now. To bring history to life, we worked with our team at Thompson Overhead Door in Brooklyn, the FDNY, and the Landmark Society of New York as is required to preserve the history and integrity of the architecture. The brave men and women of the FDNY have shown up through the most challenging of circumstances to serve the community. At Fimbel Architectural Doors, we are proud to supply the sectional doors that give passage to their life saving efforts.

When buying a Fimbel door, you can count on the look of real wood, durable construction methods, low-maintenance, precision fit, bold designs, reliable R-value, and customizations to complement any style! One project that has become a showpiece of Fimbel's products is the door designed for the historic three-story firehouse of Engine 55. In researching the building for this blog, the site for the FDNY patches offered the
following information:

Built in 1889, this building was designed by R.H. Roberson to represent a transition from Romanesque Revival and the more ornate Beaux Arts style, both popular in the late 19th century. The iconic facade is a combination of limestone and terra cotta, decorated with ribbons, oak leaf wreaths, lions heads, and at least one phoenix. Engine 55 is known as "Cinquantacinque," Italian for "Fifty-Five," as it has been the firehouse in Lower Manhattan's Little Italy for over a century. 

When we were called in for this design, we worked with Thompson Overhead Door and the Landmark Society to create the perfect architectural doors. Landmarks provided the vision, and we provided the solution. Our result is our customs Presidential Firehouse Series finding its home here in New York City and across the country. To best bring this dream to life, several factors needed to be considered.

There are few firehouses in the vast array of FDNY locations that have wrought iron, so we wanted to incorporate the design of the original transom into what was once a flat, simple door. We also had to accommodate the unique size of the opening. The Engines have evolved and grown over the years, and even though Engine 55's side view mirrors are tucked in tighter than on most fire apparatus, the opening is still tight. The firehouse's historic and narrow archway allows just an inch or two of clearance on either side of the truck as it exits and enters the building. The image below, found on Instagram, demonstrates the narrow passage.

Our Presidential Series offers the best solution for this design obstacle. Using innovative techniques and advanced composite material, we are able to construct a door that can fit any opening - even the 10'4" x 10'6" of Engine 55. Using a hand placed wood frame and nesting in our insulation, we laminate a vinyl back cover and a solid vinyl exterior that encases the face creating an impenetrable and long lasting platform. This slab now becomes a blank slate to bring you more for your door. Using ¾" material for the Presidential, we have options to add select profiles and nearly limitless designs
to satisfy inspiration.

We complete the look for this door with the highest quality paint in the market. Not only is the bold red color indicative of the FDNY but also of Fimbel. When my great-grandfather, Ed Fimbel Sr., began as the first franchise in the Overhead Door corporation, he wanted more for his family and more for our blossoming industry. Now, after 95 years, a quick tour of our history will reveal that we are big fans of red! Since 1924, this bold color has been our brand identity before brand identities were a thing. Today, we apply our "FDNY Red" to the vast number of doors for the elite Fire Department of New York.

Continuing this level of quality requires the best today as we uniquely offer a cabinet like finish unknown to architectural paint. Our factory finish, made with D200 High performance paint, is a single application exterior waterborne coating system designed to provide the type of protection deserving of the FDNY. Our family remains proud to give passage to so many firehouses in the FDNY family of firemen and women. We know that quality and dedication drive them to succeed, and we thank one and all deeply. To all the First Responders and Partners in making our world a safer, better place: We celebrate you and your families and will continue our mission of safety and quality so that you may continue yours.

Many thanks to the information found at the FDNY Shop to support this post!
https://www.fdnyshop.com/

Location: 363 Broome Street, Little Italy, NY 

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