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This building was raised (accomplished in 1892) after the plans drawn by Architect Mandrea. It was meant as a water reservoir which would help regulate the water flow in the city network. It has on the upper part a 750 c.m. water tank. However it was never used for this purpose, as only after the works were accomplished, they realized the water pumps in Grozavesti Quarter did not have enough power to lift the water all the way to the high tank. After the City Plant (Uzinele Comunale Bucuresti) was inaugurated in 1924, there was enough power to do that, but it was no longer needed, as the water network in the city had already been developed and was self-sufficient. Therefore, the structure was used from its completion in 1892 to 1936 by the fire brigade of the city, as it was taller than any other building in the city at the time (1892), with its 42 m. belfry. In 1963 it was turned into the Fire Brigade Museum, mostly interesting for fire brigade buffs. However the view from the top is interesting. If you go there, take your time to walk along the streets around this square. There is a cluster of early 20th century villas which are quite interesting.
Address: Piata Foisorului de Foc, on Ferdinand Avenue
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