Manistique Pumping Station

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Manistique Pumping Station
Manistique Pumping Station Manistique MI 2009.jpg
Location Deer St., Manistique, Michigan
Coordinates 45°57′47″N 86°15′6″W / 45.96306°N 86.25167°W / 45.96306; -86.25167Coordinates: 45°57′47″N 86°15′6″W / 45.96306°N 86.25167°W / 45.96306; -86.25167
Built 1921
Architect Fridolf Danielson
Architectural style Romanesque
Governing body Local
NRHP Reference # 81000316[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP October 26, 1981
Designated MSHS March 19, 1980[2]

The Manistique Pumping Station is an industrial waterworks building located on Deer Street in Manistique, Michigan. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1981.[1]

History[edit]

In the early part of the 20th century, the city of Manistique expanded and renovated their water system.[3] However, by 1920, the system was deemed inadequate for firefighting. It was recommended that the city borrow $97,000 to build a new 200,000 gallon water tower and pumping station, as well as building a nearby dam and improving the distribution system.[3] A bond was approved by voters, and construction of the tower began in June 1921. The system was finally complete in September 1922.[3]

The system constructed was in use until 1954, when a new pumping station was put into operation.[3] The structure was used for offices and as a comfort station until 1973, when the Schoolcraft Historical Society took the building over.[3] It was placed on the state historical register in 1979 and on the National Register of Historic Places in 1981. The tower currently serves as the Schoolcraft County Museum[4] and part of the Schoolcraft County Historical Park.[3][5]

The tower is notable for the architectural approach to the design of the fundamentally utilitarian structure.[6]

Description[edit]

Station House

The Manistique Pumping Station is 38 feet wide on the outside, 33 feet wide inside, and 137 feet high.[3] It housed 200,000 gallons of water in an internal steel tank[6] 30 feet in diameter and 44 feet high.[3] The exterior of the tower is octagonal, and the interior has 16 sides, strengthening the eight exterior corners that supported the weight of the water tank.[3] The building is primarily faced with red brick with limestone trim, and sits on a concrete foundation.[6] Casement windows near the top of the tower sit beneath a decorative frieze. The domed roof is made of copper.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  2. ^ State of Michigan (2009). "Manistique Pumping Station". Retrieved June 26, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i Alex Meron, "THE HISTORY OF THE WATER SYSTEM & CONSTRUCTION OF THE MANISTIQUE WATERTOWER, 1988
  4. ^ "The Historic Manistique Water Tower and Schoolcraft County Museum". City of Manistique. Retrieved 11 November 2013. 
  5. ^ "Area Attractions" from Manistique.com
  6. ^ a b c d Manistique Pumping Station from the state of Michigan, retrieved 1/20/10