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Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
1812/00/00 Frederick Graff Architect Fairmount Water Works, the first steam powered waterworks in the US is built between 1812 and 1815 on the east bank of the Schuylkill River. Designed Frederick Graff, it operated until 24 October 1822.
1822/00/00 Fairmount Dam, built to channel water into the Waterworks, creates Schuylkill Pond, a long lake that covers the Falls of Schuylkill. Ideal for ice skating and, when not frozen, it became one of the finest areas in the US for the new sport of rowing.
1842/00/00 Charles Dickens Visitor Charles Dickens visits the Fairmount Water Works American Notes Charles Dickens' 1842 Tour of America
1869/00/00 Herman Schwartzmann Engineer Herman Schwartzmann becomes engineer for the Fairmount Park Commission, remains until 1876
1928/00/00 The current Fairmount Dam is built.

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Particulars for Fairmount Water Works:
Area of Significance Architecture
Criteria Architecture-Engineering
Area of Significance Art
Area of Significance Economics
Historic Use Energy facility
Sight Category Historic District
Criteria Historic Event
Owner Local
Architectural Style Mid 19th century revival
Area of Significance Military
Level of Significance National
Historic Use Park
Other Description Roman Revival
Sport Rowing
Area of Significance Social History
Area of Significance Transportation
Historic Use Water Works



US National Registry of Historic Places Data »

Accurate at time of registration:

PLACE DETAILS
Registry Name:
Registry Address:
Registry Number: 76001662
Resource Type:
Owner: Local
Architect: Graff,Frederick; et al.
Architectural Style: Mid 19th century revival, Other
Attribute: Roman Revival
Other Certification: Designated National Landmark
Nominator Name: National Historic Landmark
CULTURAL DETAILS
Level of Significance: National
Area of Significance: Art, Economics, Military, Transportation, Architecture, Social history
Applicable Criteria: Event, Architecture-Engineering
Period of Significance: 1800-1824, 1825-1849
Significant Year: 1812, 1822
Historic Function: Landscape, Industry, processing, extraction
Historic Sub-Function: Water works, Energy facility, Park
Current Function: Landscape, Industry, processing, extraction
Current Sub-Function: Water works Energy facility Park

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