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San Francisco Fire Department, Pumping Station No. 2, Van Ness Avenue at Bay, San Francisco, San Francisco County, CA



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Location
Van Ness Avenue at Bay, San Francisco, CA

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1968.

Notes
Survey number HAER CA-1
Building/structure dates: 1912 initial construction
Significance: A well preserved, representative example of an early 20th century Steam powered water pumping station. The site also retains historical significance because of its associations with the city's fire fighting system. It was built to help insure that San Francisco would not be subject to devastating fires such as those that occurred after the 1906 earthquake. / Pumping Station Number 2 is of local historical significance in the categories of Engineering and Community Planning. It represents innovative planning and innovative design of an "earthquake-proof" fire fighting system for San Francisco which is auxiliary to the domestic water supply system. While the entire system is unquestionably of local historical significance in the above categories, the greatest part of it consists of underground piping, hydrants, cisterns, reservoirs, fireboats, another pumping station and other facilities throughout the city on city land. This nomination addresses only that portion of the system located on Federal land, specifically Pumping Station No. 2. This station, and the whole system, represent an outstanding achievement in engineering and community planning in San Francisco's history. (NR Nomination)

Subjects
Water Supply
Fire Prevention
Pumping Stations


Related Names
Manson, Marsden
George E. Dow Pumping Engine Company
Babcock & Wilcox Company
General Electric Company
Byron Jackson Iron Works Incorporated
Charles C. Moore & Company
Boucher, Jack E., Photographer
Chappell, Gordon, Historian


Collection
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. GENERAL VIEW FROM NORTH
2. DETAIL VIEW OF ROOF CORNICE
3. VIEW FROM NORTH
4. GENERAL VIEW OF INTERIOR FROM SOUTH
5. GENERAL VIEW OF INTERIOR FROM NORTH
6. FUEL OIL HEATERS AND DUMPS
7. DETAIL VIEW OF GUAGES
8. DETAIL VIEW OF SYNCHRONISE INDICATOR (1901)
9. GENERAL VIEW OF PANEL
10. VIEW OF PANEL SWITCH
11. BOILER FEED WATER PUMPS
12. STEAM TURBINE S.F. 1900 (BYRON JACKSON IRON WORKS)
13. A. C. GENERATOR AND STEAM TURBINE (1900)
14. STEAM TURBINE (BYRON JACKSON IRON WORKS, S. F. 1900)
15. DETAIL IDENTIFICATION PLATE 1-15 FOR JACKSON STEAM TURBINE
16. IDENTIFICATION PLATE FOR A.C. GENERATOR AND STEAM TURBINE
17. DETAIL SWITCH PANEL GUAGES 1-17 AND REOSTATS
18. FEED WATER PRE HEATERS
19. VENTURI-FLOW ANS PRESSURE METERS, 1912
20. HIGH PRESSURE MAIN VALVE
21. GENERAL VIEW OF BOILERS
22. GENERAL VIEW OF BOILERS
23. GENERAL VIEW OF ALL BOILERS
24. NORTH ELEVATION
25. TRANSVERSE SECTION AT CONDENSER PIT
26. SECTION AT CENTER OF BUILDING
27. PLUMBING AND WIRING PLAN
28. FOUNDATION PLAN
29. DETAIL OF MAIN ENTRANCE
30. TRANSVERSE SECTION
31. LONGITUDINAL SECTION
32. WEST ELEVATION
33. SOUTH ELEVATION
34. ROOF PLAN
35. EAST ELEVATION
36. FLOOR PLAN
37. WATER AND OIL TANKS
38. DETAILS
39. CONCRETE CHIMNEY
40. STEEL FRAMING PLAN
41. TRUSS DETAILS
42. REVISED DETAILS FOR REINFORCED CONCRETE WATER TANKS
43. INTAKE TUNNEL
44. PLAN
45. STEEL DETAILS
46. FLUE DETAILS
47. INTERIOR DETAILS
48. DETAIL SHEET OF COPPER WORK AND SKYLIGHT
49. DETAILS OF EXTERIOR
50. FULL SIZE DETAILS
51. SITE PLAN


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