Park View’s Fire Alarm Call Boxes Continue to Dissappear

This area of Princeton Place, at the intersection of Georgia Ave., had a fire call box until recently

While it is impossible to tell if accidents, theft, or city employees are responsible for the vanishing fire alarm call boxes in the Park View neighborhood, one thing is sure … the community is now down to two existing call boxes. Both are on Warder, and at the rate they are disappearing, both could be gone by March.

When I took my inventory of fire alarm call boxes on November 23rd Park View still had four call boxes. One at Lamont and Georgia had recently been lost.

Since that inventory the call box on the southeast corner of Gresham Place and Georgia Avenue has vanished. This past weekend, I noticed that the call box at Princeton Place and Georgia Avenue has also gone missing.

What is most disturbing about the Princeton Place incident is that it would appear to be at the hands of DDOT. The location that once supported the call box now has four new storm drains as part of the Middle Georgia Avenue Great Streets Project.

The sad thing about the disappearance of these boxes is that not only is a significant and recognizable part of Washington’s historic streetscape gone, so is the community’s opportunity to use them in an artistic way as other neighborhoods throughout DC have done. Park View has little public art, and with our call boxes gone it looks like we’ll have fewer opportunities to do something about that.

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3 Comments on “Park View’s Fire Alarm Call Boxes Continue to Dissappear”

  1. Angry Parakeet Says:

    Nothing on Georgia Ave. lasts. Cars crash into everything – I saw the Gresham place call box smashed and lying halfway in the street – it had been struck by a car or truck. Every Sunday morning brings evidence of high speed careening over curbs, into signs, mail boxes, fences, and other cars.

  2. Cliff Says:

    Don’t worry, they’ll show up in a Georgetown callbox replenishment program.

  3. Larry Says:

    When the street fire alarm system was discontinued (around 1994) the city was going to remove the alarm pedestals completely, however budget problems led to a policy that required any contractor or agency doing work in proximity to an alarm pedestal remove it as part of the job. I wonder if that policy has been resurrected since the “Art on call project”, for all intents and purposes, ended about two years ago. For answers I would follow up with DDOT, the city’s custodian for the remaining pedestals.

    Larry Chapman
    Captain / DC FEMS


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