Chillicothe Water and Power Company Pumping Station

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Chillicothe Water And Power Company Pumping Station
Chillicothe Water and Power Company Pumping Station.jpg
Front of the building
Chillicothe Water and Power Company Pumping Station is located in Ohio
Chillicothe Water and Power Company Pumping Station
Location Enderlin Circle, Chillicothe, Ohio
Coordinates 39°20′22″N 82°58′55″W / 39.33944°N 82.98194°W / 39.33944; -82.98194Coordinates: 39°20′22″N 82°58′55″W / 39.33944°N 82.98194°W / 39.33944; -82.98194
Area Less than 1 acre (0.40 ha)
Built 1881
Architectural style Gothic Revival
Governing body Local
NRHP Reference # 79001932[1]
Added to NRHP November 15, 1979

The Chillicothe Water and Power Company Pumping Station is a historic building on the northern side of Chillicothe, Ohio, United States. A Gothic Revival structure built in 1881,[1] it was constructed to house the city's waterworks and power plant. Its architecture and its location in Yoctangee Park was chosen specifically in order to beautify the park as well as to have a location near other elements of the city's first waterworks, which were built at the same time as the pumping station.[2]

From 1881 to 1882, Chillicothe constructed a water supply system; among the elements of this system were a well, a massive reservoir, the pumping station in Yoctangee Park, and water mains to supply all parts of the city. A single-story building with a two-and-a-story tower,[2] it is a brick structure with a foundation of sandstone and a slate roof.[3]

By the late 1970s, Chillicothe had erected a new waterworks, and its electricity was supplied by other sources; consequently, the old building was abandoned. Ideas were proposed for its renovation and preservation: plans were laid for its conversion into a community center,[2] and it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places late in 1979.[1] Key to its designation as a historic site was its historic architecture, primarily because of its construction as an "ornament" for Yoctangee Park.[2] Today, the pumping station has been converted into an art gallery, the Pump House Art Gallery.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  2. ^ a b c d Owen, Lorrie K., ed. Dictionary of Ohio Historic Places. Vol. 2. St. Clair Shores: Somerset, 1999, 1215-1216.
  3. ^ Chillicothe Water And Power Company Pumping Station, Ohio Historical Society, 2007. Accessed 2010-09-13.
  4. ^ Pump House Center for the Arts: About Us, Pump House Center for the Arts, 2010. Accessed 2010-09-13.

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