A CONEY ISLAND FIRE-RESISTANT BUILDING.

A CONEY ISLAND FIRE-RESISTANT BUILDING.

At present Coney Island is the standing menace to the safely of its visitors and to all, whether of the borough of Brooklyn or not, who do business or dwell in it. The majority of the buildings are wood and so constructed as to afford food to any big fire that happens along. There is one exception, however, in the building line which is so well protected against fire as fire-resistant to such a degree as to be looked upon as almost fireproof, and proved its right to be so regarded during the conflagration which swept over the island on July 28, Stanch, its owner, who had already had one disastrous fire experience when his restaurant and dance hall were burned down on November 1, 1903 has since that time gone to great expense in guarding against a repetition of the disaster. His building is eqtiiped with firealarms inside and outside. There arc six standpipes on the roof, the contents of which are protected against freezing, and there is a double standpipe connection on either side of the street front. Twelve feet from his restaurant a power plant has been installed in a brick building, with a wall parapeted 3 ft. and metal shutters to the windows. Five driven wells supply the water, which is raised by a 300-gal. pumping engine to two 5,000-gal. tanks (connected, also, with the high-pressure system) on the highest portion of the structure. Inside are several 4-in. standpipes, with an aggregate of twenty-five hose-connections, besides barrels and pails of water distributed throughout the building, as well as chemical extinguishers available at frequent intervals. The building itself, which faces on the Bowery, though quite high, is chiefly one-story, though a portion is three-story. It has a frontage of nearly 80 ft., with a rear extension of over 320 ft. beachwards. It has 12-in. walls of brick laid in cement-mortar. Its foyer is of brick, iron, cement and lath, and the roof of the building is of slag tar and asbestos, while a clearstory 4 ft. in height and similarly roofed, extends along the building. The side and rear windows have standard metal-clad doors and shutters, the windows are of wire-glass, and all the woodwork window sashes and trim is metal-clad.

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