“Save the Fire Watchtower” Kicks Off Grassroots Effort!
Join MMPCIA on Saturday, September 15 at 4:00 PM at the Pelham Fritz Center for a presentation of the Fire Watchtower’s history and its significance as a Harlem landmark.
Then stay with us for An Evening of Wine, Cheese, Jazz & A Spectacular View — atop the Acropolis from 5:30-7:30 PM! Music will be provided by the world renown Craig Harris Band.
John Krawchuk, Director of Historic Preservation for NYC Department of Parks, will share details about the various geographic and engineering studies and financial analyses that support the restoration.
Since 1857, the Mount Morris Fire Watchtower has stood atop the Acropolis of Marcus Garvey Park. For its first 20 years, the tower was used to monitor fires and protect the surrounding neighborhoods.
Even with the advent of telegraphy and telephony, when similar towers had outlived their usefulness, this Watchtower continued to stand and took on the task of keeping time for the community with the tolling of its 10,000 pound bell.
This 47″ tall cast iron structure continues to stand as the only remaining one of its kind in New York City – the last of 13 such towers. It was designated a New York City landmark in 1967, listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976, and treated to some much needed care and attention in 1994.
MMPCIA working with the NYC Department of Parks, has pledged support to making the Watchtower strong enough to stand as an ongoing legacy for this robust Harlem community for centuries to come. And we need you with us!
Whether you’re interested in preservation, architecture, Harlem history, community involvement or just want to do something different, there will definitely be a place for you in moving this initiative forward. Please join us for the grassroots kick off.
Don’t miss the chance to be part of the restoration
of this Harlem Landmark!
September 15, 2012 from 4:00 – 7:30 PM
The Pelham Fritz Recreation Center
18 Mount Morris Park West @ W122 Street
Marcus Garvey Park