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Louisville Water Company Pumping Station

Louisville, Kentucky
County of Jefferson.
National Register Number: 71000348
Resource type: Building.
Property type: Government - public works. The threat level was Watch in
2008.
Congressional District: KY-3 Certified Local Government: NO

Statement of Significance (as of designation - November 11, 1971):
Constructed 1858-1860 in the Classical Revival style, this pumping station represents 19th-century efforts to include symbolic and monumental functions in industrial architecture. The engine room is in the form of a temple, and the 169'-tall standpipe tower imitates triumphal Roman columns. Around the base of the standpipe is a circular colonnade embellished with ten statues, including nine figures from mythology and an Indian with his dog. The property is maintained by the Louisville Water Company.

Condition:
Deterioration continues to threaten historic integrity.

The deterioration that was threatening the historic integrity of the structure is being addressed in a multi-phase rehabilitation project, the first portion of which was completed in June 2008.


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