The Water Works, Centre Square. Philadelphia.

Historical Images of Philadelphia Castner Scrapbook Collection
The Water Works, Centre Square. Philadelphia.

Item Info

Item No: pdcc00549
Title: The Water Works, Centre Square. Philadelphia.
Media Type: Scrapbooks
Source: Print and Picture Collection

Hand-colored engraving on wood depicting the Pump House in Centre Square, Philadelphia. From 1800 to 1815, the Centre Square Water Works was used to deliver water from the Schuylkill River to subscribers and hydrants in various parts of the city. Designed in the neo-classic style by Benjamin Latrobe, the white marble building, surrounded by trees and walkways, became a popular destination for pleasure-seekers. In this depiction, several couples stroll the grounds while two musicians play their instruments on the steps. Smoke is shown billowing from the steam engines inside the building. The Pump House was demolished in 1827.

Call Number: A917.481 P536 v.6
Creator Name: Latrobe, Benjamin Henry, 1764-1820
Castner, Samuel, Jr., 1843-1929 - Compiler