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Fairmount Waterworks, East bank of Schuylkill River, Aquarium Drive, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, PA

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Summary

See also HABS PA-1654 for additional documentation.
Significance: The Fairmount Water Works is perhaps the premier example of early nineteenth-century American industrial architecture. It was built to supply Philadelphia with a reliable source of fresh water. During its operational life the Fairmount Water Works employed a wide variety of hydraulic technologies including steam engines, wooden and cast iron breast wheels, and iron water turbines. Known as the "Mecca of hydraulic engineers" the Fairmount Water Works greatly influenced subsequent municipal water works development throughout the United States.
Unprocessed Field note material exists for this structure: FN-2
Survey number: HAER PA-51
Building/structure dates: 1814- 1815 Initial Construction
Building/structure dates: 1821- 1822 Subsequent Work
Building/structure dates: 1860- 1862 Subsequent Work
Building/structure dates: 1867- 1872 Subsequent Work
Building/structure dates: 1909- 1911 Subsequent Work
Building/structure dates: ca. 1950 Subsequent Work
National Register of Historic Places NRIS Number: 76001662

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Date

1950
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Contributors

Historic American Engineering Record, creator
Latrobe, Benjamin Henry
Graff, Frederick
Graff, Frederick
Birkenbine, Henry P, M
Cooley, Ariel
Davis, John
Evans, Oliver
Merrick & Towne
Richards, Samuel
Weymouth Forge
Philadelphia Water Department
Rush, William
Mars Works
Oakes, Thomas
Bromley, Drury
Reeve & Lewis
Rush & Muhlenberg
Kemble, William
West Point Foundry
Morris, Levi
Schuylkill Navigation Company
I. P. Morris & Company
Heston, Edward
Ogdin, Samuel
Geyelin, Emile E
West Engine Company of Norristown
Fairmount Park Commission
Smith, Jonas
Briggs, William
Lewis, Joseph S
McFadden, William H
Philadelphia Water Department, sponsor
Graham, J Todd, field team
Holin, Maryjoel, field team
Junior League of Philadelphia, sponsor
Cary, Brian, transmitter
Boucher, Jack E, photographer
Gibson, Jane Mork, historian
Coelos, Kathleen M, delineator
McCauley, Hugh j, delineator
Doo, Peter C, delineator
Longnecker, H Reed, delineator
Brey, M Cynthia, delineator
Ganelin, Susan Stein, historian
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States39.96765, -75.18346
Google Map of 39.9676462, -75.1834573
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Library of Congress
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