New life for 100-year-old Fishtown police station

The former 26th Dis­trict Po­lice Dis­trict build­ing, at Dauph­in Street and Trenton Av­en­ue. Some ten­ants have re­cently moved in­to the new apart­ments. SAM NE­W­HOUSE / STAR PHOTO

Though it sat va­cant and blighted for dec­ades, apart­ments and a bank branch are now the second life for this na­tion­ally-re­cog­nized his­tor­ic Fishtown build­ing.

Once it was where po­lice of­ficers in­vest­ig­ated crimes and in­ter­rog­ated sus­pects.

Now it’s be­come the loc­a­tion of high-end apart­ments and a branch of the Phil­adelphia Fed­er­al Cred­it Uni­on.

While renov­a­tion work is not en­tirely com­plete in­side 2136 E. Dauph­in St., the loc­a­tion of the former 26th Dis­trict Po­lice Sta­tion in Fishtown, ten­ants have already star­ted liv­ing in the up­per floors of this his­tor­ic site.

It was placed on the Na­tion­al His­tor­ic Re­gister in 1984. The first res­id­ents began to move in last month.

The Phil­adelphia Fed­er­al Cred­it Uni­on is plan­ning to rent the first floor.

De­signed by famed Phil­adelphia ar­chi­tect John T. Windrim and built in 1896, the po­lice sta­tion has been va­cant since the 1970s, ac­cord­ing to the Phil­adelphia His­tor­ic­al Com­mis­sion.

Just a year ago the build­ing was blighted and un­used, covered in graf­fiti, with stained brick walls and cinderb­locked win­dows. Since then it has un­der­gone an ex­tens­ive renov­a­tion.

The Phil­adelphia His­tor­ic­al Com­mis­sion first heard about the pro­pos­al by ar­chi­tect Vic­tor Barr to con­vert the build­ing in­to a hous­ing and com­mer­cial space in Au­gust 2011.

With a few modi­fic­a­tions, in­clud­ing pre­serving the wooden double-door front entry­way, they ap­proved Barr’s ap­plic­a­tion.

Re­port­er Sam Ne­w­house can be reached at 215-354-3124 or at sne­w­

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