10. A Former Firehouse on Eldridge Street Is Now a Buddhist Temple, 20 Eldridge Street

In the mid-19th century, 20 Eldridge Street housed an old fire station, the Hook and Ladder Company Eagle No. 4, which served what is noted as the Seventh and Eighth districts. The building, formerly two stories high with the maximum occupancy of 40 people, was constructed in 1855 by Pine and Hartshorn. It has since been repurposed as the Pu Chao Buddhist Temple, and now stands at five stories tall.

To learn more about the history of the Lower East Side and the Eldridge Street Synagogue, join us for our upcoming tour on October 26th. Tickets can be purchased below:
Secrets of the Eldridge Street Synagogue After Hours Tour

Next, check out the Top 10 Secrets of the Eldridge Street Synagogue and 7 Architectural Highlights of the Eldridge Street Synagogue.