Louisville Water Company Pumping Station

Zorn Ave., Louisville, Kentucky


Louisville Water Company Pumping Stations

1. General view of Pump Station No. 1 and the standpipe tower from the west.

Photo from the Historic American Engineering Record

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Street View 


Theodore R. Scowden, chief engineer for the Louisville Water Company, designed Pumping Station No. 1 in the Classical Revival style in 1856. The complex included an engine room and boiler house in the form of a two-story temple, three bays wide, with a tetrastyle portico and twin one-story wings. The windows, sills, and column bases are of cast iron; the capitals of terra cotta. A 169' high standpipe tower with a Corinthian peristyle around the base and statues atop the columns was designed in imitation of a triumphal Roman Doric column. The tower was constructed of brick to the top of the colonnade, and of riveted plates of steel and sheet metal above this point. -- Historic American Engineering Record (HAER KY-9)

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on November 11, 1971
Reference number
Architectural style
Late 19th and 20th Century Revival: Classical Revival
Areas of significance
Engineering; Architecture
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic function
Public works
Current function
Public works
Period of significance
Significant years
1856; 1860
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 1
Contributing structures: 1

Update Log 

  • May 30, 2017: New Street View added by Michael Miller
  • September 17, 2013: New photos from J.P.