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Boston Water Works, Leavitt Pumping Engine, 2450 Beacon Street, Boston, Suffolk County, MA



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Location
2450 Beacon Street, Boston, MA

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1968.

Notes
Survey number HAER MA-24-A
Building/structure dates: 1895 initial construction
Part of building/structure is in Brighton, Suffolk County, MA.
Significance: The Leavitt triple expansion steam pumping engine is the oldest engine extant at the Boston Water Works Chestnut Hill Station. Designed by one of the country's leading mechanical engineers of the time, the engine is today a National Mechanical Engineering Landmark. / Designed by Erasmus Darwin Leavitt, Jr., this machine is an unusual triple-expansion, three-crank rocker engine, high-capacity unit which provided outstanding performance for the Boston Water Works Corporation. In 1894 it was installed in a high-service pumping facility on the south side of the Chestnut Hill Reservoir in Brighton. This engine was designated an Engineering Landmark in December of 1973 by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

Subjects
Water Supply
Mechanical Engineering
Steam Engines


Related Names
Leavitt , Erasmu
Metropolitan Water Board
N.F. Palmer Jr. & Company
Quintard Iron Works
Lowe, Jet, Photographer
American Society Of Mechanical Engineers, Historian
Matera, James J., Historian
Metcalf, Robert F., Historian
Stone & Webster Engineering Corporation, Historian


Collection
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. GENERAL VIEW OF ENGINE.
2. GENERAL VIEW OF ENGINE.
3. GENERAL VIEW OF ENGINE SHOWING PIPING.


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