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  • Without seeing the entire facade of the house, my guess is that this is not the original house that once stood there.
    Based on the brick, the door, and the trim work, I would say this went up in the 60s or 70s…and probably was built closer to the old fire box.
    If this is the case, I’m sure the original houses were set back much further.
    Plus, I’ve heard these are next to impossible to move…cemented in pretty deep, and that’s why the city never removed them.
    Just my analysis.

  • I love it. If I were the homeowner, I would paint it more than one color to make it stand out more.

  • Most pull boxes were placed at intersections. I’m guessing this one has been moved. If you look at the base, it looks like it is sitting on the brick. Those things go at least 4 feet into the ground. Before phones (and after) you would run out and open the door to the box and pull the lever. The Fire Department would respond to that box and look for smoke or fire on the way in. Reports of fires are still called Box Alarms because of these boxes. They are really hard to move. Rumor is the city paid some contractor to remove them and he pulled a couple out, realized how deep they are buried and quit. Cars take them out occasionally. If you see one laying on the ground, get 5 friends and a truck, take it home, and call me, I want one.

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