Lazaretto Lazaretto
Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
Date: August 23, 2006
Byline: Todd Mason

Firehouse to be built on Tinicum's Lazaretto site

In an unanimous vote, Tinicum Township supervisors awarded contracts Monday to build a controversial firehouse and evacuation center on the site of historic Lazaretto hospital in Essington. The immigrant quarantine station, built in 1799, is believed to be the oldest in the United States.

The board rebuffed a coalition of preservationists asking for more time to find an alternative site for the firehouse. The coalition argued that the new $7.5 million, 38,500 square-foot complex will hide the Lazaretto from view and destroy its historical context.

The official ground breaking is scheduled for Sept. 11. General contractor John S. McManus Inc., of Chester Heights, said the project should be finished by next summer