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Will Brown

The Turbine and Pump at the Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

December 30, 2008, 12:20 pm EST

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© 2008 Will Brown, All Rights Reserved.

Caption

The Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center, housed in the original Water Works on the Schuykill River in Philadelphia, provides both an historical overview of the works and educational exhibits regarding water treatment. This is a view of the turbine and pump which has survived for over 150 years. The following is taken from my original entry in the World Wide Panorama project which was an outside panoramic view of the Water Works.

The Fairmount Waterworks was conceived in 1811, to meet the growing demands of Philadelphia's populace. A rock ledge on the Schuykill River at Fair Mount, the highest ground in the city, was selected as the site. Frederick Graff designed a pump house for two steam engines to send river water to a reservoir atop the hill above. The structure resembles a typical Federal period house with graceful details, belying the massive engine cylinders, pumps, flywheels and lever beams within.

An aesthetically pleasing building for a potentially dangerous function, it inspired additional such designs in time. About 1820 the dam and mill house was built for the conversion from steam to water power. Gardens were completed to the south, and an esplanade, paths and fountains were built around and to the top of Fair Mount.

Between 1830 and 1850 Philadelphia's water system was the most advanced municipal system in the world, attracting the visits of tourists from abroad as well as many other states.

In 1855 Fairmount Park was established, the largest city park in the world. Soon after a new mill house was built. Just north of the dam, boat houses line the river where oarsmen to compete in regattas and enjoy the calm, navigable waters.

In time the system waned. In 1911 it was decommissioned. In 1919 the reservoir space at the top of the hill was filled in, and was the site of beginning construction of the Philadelphia Museum of Art where it remains today.
The link to the Fairmount Waterwork Interpertive Center is here: http://www.fairmountwaterworks.com/

Location

USA-Canada / USA-Pennsylvania

Lat: 39° 57' 58" N
Long: 75° 10' 59" W

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Precision is: Unknown / Undeclared.

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Equipment

Canon 5D, Tokina 10-17mm, ISO 100, 15 mm, 1.5 sec @ f9.5, 5 shots around, one up and one down, PTGui Mac 7.1.
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