Coney Island Pumping Station – Brooklyn NY

Description

This PWA pumping station is still standing. A 1939 PWA publication described it as follows:

“This interesting structure is approached by a wide walk between lawns which leads to the main entrance flanked by sculptured twin representations of Pegasus. The main floor is 12 feet below grade to permit the pumps to be placed below the intake water level, and at the grade level is a gallery extending around the entire building. An overhead traveling crane serves the five electrical pumps which are capable of discharging 13,500 gallons of water per minute at a pressure of 200 pounds per square inch.

The construction is fireproof, of steel and concrete with exterior walls faced with stone. The masonry above the continuous windows is suspended from the cantilevered ends of the roof girders. The windows can be protected from fire by water curtains. The project was completed in July 1937 at a construction cost of $437,574 and a project cost of $452,804.”   (Short and Brown)

Source notes

C.W. Short and R. Stanley-Brown. "Public Buildings: A Survey of Architecture of Projects Constructed by Federal and Other Governmental Bodies Between the Years 1933 and 1939 with the Assistance of the Public Works Administration." (1939).   

Project originally submitted by Evan Kalish on September 21, 2013.

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Location Info


Neptune Ave. and West 23rd St.
Brooklyn, NY 11224

Coordinates: 40.57878, -73.991177

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