courtesy of John Binner, April 20, 2003
Looking southeast from Phinney Avenue.
This siren is located on Phinney Avenue North at
the Phinney Neighborhood Association facility (formerly the John B.
Allen Elementary School) in Seattle, Washington.
It's the first tower of this iron pipe design that we have seen.
The tower was prefabricated and brought to this location. The tower is painted green. The siren is in disrepair and it
appears that it has been out of service for many years.
Note the hoisting davit that can be seen at the
right hand corner railing. These were used on siren towers to lift
tools, small parts and most often fuel.
We spoke with the Association's Executive Director
on May 16, 2003, and were very pleased to hear that the Association has
recently begun an effort to restore the tower and give the siren a
cosmetic make-over. While the siren itself will not be restored to
running condition, it and it's place in local history will be preserved.
This is the first case of preserving a siren in it's original location
that we are aware of and we applaud the efforts of the Phinney