1. Fire Station No. 5 is the last remaining historic building on Riverside Avenue in Brooklyn. In fact, the recent Riverside Avenue reconstruction project was designed to preserve the building.
2. Historic buildings can not be replaced. We have neither the money or the skills to recreate the historic houses and buildings that are already here.
3. Fire Station No. 5 has a character and scale that modern buildings often lack. Architects in the late 20th century abandoned the traditions of building and often created sterile, unpleasant boxes. Buildings, such as the fire station, predate the car and have details you can appreciate as you walk by. Historic buildings have a scale that is comfortable for people on foot rather than people in cars.
The Station may not be the Taj Mahal, but it is definitely a unique part of our ever disappearing historic architectural and cultural heritage.