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Herron Hill Pumping Station

Herron Hill Pumping Station

Why shouldn’t a water-pumping station look like a Roman basilica? It’s what the Romans would have done. This substantial building was designed by William Smith Fraser, and it has its own appropriately substantial Wikipedia article. Unfortunately the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority has thought it necessary to brick up the windows, so that what used to be an airy temple of technology must be like a tomb inside now.

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0 responses to “Herron Hill Pumping Station”

  1. San Francisco has a water temple built to celebrate the completion of the Hetch Hetchy project. It’s also very nice, more Greek. People used to be proud of lasting engineering feats that made life better for generations of people.

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