firehouse dome replacement TAP mediumBy JACKIE LIEBERMAN for TAP Westfield

July 15, 2015, WESTFIELD, NJ — It’s a Westfield landmark, one of five buildings in town listed on the National Register of Historic Places, but for nearly 10 years the firehouse downtown was missing its crown — a wooden dome that once sat atop the hose tower. On Friday, that dome was restored.

In 2006, the dome was removed due to instability — for the second time in history it turned out, according to Town Administrator Jim Gildea, who discovered that it had been removed from the hose tower (where, historically, hoses were put to dry) in the 1960s for the same reason.

“The dome on top really makes the building what it is,” Gildea said.

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