San Francisco Points of Interest

Underwriters Fire Patrol
19 February 2012
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Underwriters Fire Patrol
147 Natoma Street
Built c1910

Underwriters Fire Patrol was privately financed by insurance companies to fires to protect office records and merchandise. The firemen often worked below the fire floor to spread waterproof covers over merchandise threatened with water damage. They also saved and removed business records from burning buildings.

This three story brick structure, designed by Clinton Day, has a terra cotta bracketed cornice with egg and dart molding, and an arched entry ornament in bead and reel pattern molding.

Vintage San Francisco Firehouses is the definitive Web guide to San Francisco firehouses, both vintage and modern.

Map of vintage firehouses in San Francisco.

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