Camden Engine 3Engine Company 3 was organized and entered service on June 1, 1890. After 96 years of dedicated service to the Camden community, the firehouse was vacated in 1986 due to structural defects. The firehouse was later converted as a multi-dwelling residence but, by the early 2000’s, was left vacant and fell into serious disrepair.
With the support of Sacred Heart Church, the Heart of Camden acquired the property at 1813 South Broadway. A long series of work parties by neighbors and volunteers, beginning in May 2010, gradually cleared the way for a total renovation. The rehabilitation of the building was generously supported by PSE&G and the State of New Jersey through a Neighborhood Revitalization Tax Credit Fund.
In 2012, Camden FireWorks was incorporated as a New Jersey Nonprofit Corporation and became a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization in 2016. The gallery opened for operations on June 17, 2016.