Jersey City Reservoir No. 3

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Jersey City Reservoir 2 and 3
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Location Central Avenue & Summit Avenue
Jersey City, New Jersey, USA
Area 13.8 acres (5.6 ha)
Built 1870
Architectural style Egyptian Revival
Romanesque Revival
Governing body City of Jersey City
NRHP Reference # 12000569[1]
NJRHP # 1512[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP August 27, 2012
Designated NJRHP April 10, 2012

Jersey City Reservoir No. 3 is a decommissioned reservoir atop Bergen Hill in the Heights of Jersey City, Hudson County, New Jersey, United States, situated on approximately 13.8 acres (5.6 ha) just south of Pershing Field. It was built between 1871 and 1874 as part of the city's waterworks system designed to provide potable water to the city, including Ellis Island. Its perimeter wall is in the Egyptian Revival style and pump stations are in the Romanesque Revival style. The reservoir provided drinking water until the 1980s, when it was drained and abandoned for a larger reservoir at the Boonton Gorge. Since that time, a mini-ecosystem has taken root time behind the thick, 20-feet tall stone walls including trees, wildflowers, swans, great blue heron, peregrine falcons, and at its center, a 6 acre (2.4 ha) lake. This urban wildlife preserve hosts numerous animal and plant species not otherwise found in an urban environment.[2][3][3][4][5][6][7] It was listed on the state and the federal registers of historic places in 2012.[1] Nearby Reservoir No. 1 was located on either side of Summit Avenue and has been demolished.[8]

See also[edit]

Reservoir No.1 (foreground, and since demolished) and Reservoir No.3

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places - Hudson County". New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection - Historic Preservation Office. Retrieved 2014-06-22. 
  2. ^ "Reservoir No. 3 Historic Preservation Plan (RFP)". City of Jersey City. 2009. Retrieved 2012-02-22. 
  3. ^ a b "Jersey City Water Works". Jersey City A to Z. New Jersey City University. Retrieved 2012-02-22. 
  4. ^ "Jersey City Water Works (Reservoir 3)". Jersey City A to Z. New Jersey City University. Retrieved 2012-02-22. 
  5. ^ "Reservoir No. 3". Jersey City Landmarks Conservancy. Retrieved 2012-02-22. 
  6. ^ "Pershing Field". 1921: Jersey City Under Commission Government A Book of Achievement. City of Jersey City. 1921. Retrieved 2012-02-22. 
  7. ^ "Jersey City's Water Supply". 1921: Jersey City Under Commission Government A Book of Achievement. City of Jersey City. 1921. Retrieved 2012-02-22. 
  8. ^ TAM Associates (May 2001). "Jersey City Reservoir #3". Jersey City Recreation Master Plan (City of Jersey City): 101. http://www.cityofjerseycity.com/uploadedFiles/City_Government/Department_of_Housing,_Economic_Development_and_Commerce/14%20-%20Jersey%20City%20Recreation%20Master%20Plan.pdf. Retrieved 2012-02-26.

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