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Chinatown Fire Station, 212 W Cermak, 1936

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Designed under the supervision of Paul Gerhardt, the city architect, and funded by the federal government's Depression-era WPA (Works Progress Administration), the station features two fire trucks, one ambulance, and no fewer than three brass firemen's poles.  One of the trucks and the ambulance bear Chinese as well as Arabic numerals, along with a dragon logo created especially for the Chinatown Station.

Relations between the station and the community are good, and the firemen seem happy to chat with residents and tourists alike. The Chinese-American Museum of Chicago owes a special debt of gratitude to these men for their outstanding and quick work when the Museum building suffered its major fire in September 2008.

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