Louisville Water Company Pumping Stations, Zorn Avenue & River Road, Louisville, Jefferson County, KY
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Zorn Avenue & River Road, Louisville, KY
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Documentation compiled after 1968.
Survey number HAER KY-9
Building/structure dates: 1865 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1961 subsequent work
National Register Number: 71000348
Significance: Theodore R. Scowden, chief engineer for the Louisville Water Company, designed Pumping Station No. 1 in the Classical Revival style in 1856. The complex included an engine room and boiler house in the form of a two-story temple, three bays wide, with a tetrastyle portico and twin one-story wings. The windows, sills, and column bases are of cast iron; the capitals of terra cotta. A 169' high standpipe tower with a Corinthian peristyle around the base and statues atop the columns was designed in imitation of a triumphal Roman Doric column. The tower was constructed of brick to the top of the colonnade, and of riveted plates of steel and sheet metal above this point.
Scowden, Theodore R.
Louisville Water Company
I.P. Morris Company
Boucher, Jack, Photographer
Johnson, William G., Photographer
Hubbs, Stephen, Historian
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)
1. General view of Pump Station No. 1 and the standpipe tower from the west.
2. Detail of the top of the standpipe.
3. Portico of Pumping Station No. 1
4. View of the front of Pumping Station No. 1 showing the two-story central block and the single story wings.
5. Detail of the architrave and pediment of Pumping Station No.1.
6. Detail of column capital and architrave moldings of Pumping Station No. 1.
7. General view of the standpipe, with Pumping Station No. 1 to the left.
8. General view of the standpipe tower, with Pumping Station No. 1 behind it, and Pumping Station No. 3 (1919) to the left.
9. Detail of statues on top of the standpipe colonnade, showing figures of an American Indian, and two characters from classical mythology.
10. Interior of Pumping Station No. 1 showing details of the gallery, and Greek Revival interior finishes, from the northeast.
11. SOUTH VIEW OF FACADE ELEVATION
12. SOUTHEAST VIEW OF 2/3 FACADE ELEVATION
13. EAST VIEW OF SIDE ELEVATION
14. SOUTHEAST VIEW OF FACADE ELEVATION
15. SOUTHWEST VIEW OF 2/3 FACADE ELEVATION
16. WEST VIEW OF TOWER
17. SOUTH VIEW OF FACADE ENTRANCE (SECONDARY)
18. SOUTH VIEW OF FACADE ELEVATION
19. SOUTH VIEW OF FACADE WINDOW
20. SOUTH VIEW OF CORNER STONE
21. SOUTH VIEW OF NEW PUMPING STATION
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