Moreland Boulevard Pump House and Reservoir

413 Moreland Blvd., Waukesha, Wisconsin

One-story, reinforced concrete, water pumping and storage facility

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Overview Looking Northeast

The pumping station is located in a residential neighborhood on a double lot, well set back from the street. It is well landscaped and blends into its environment.

Photo taken by J.R. Manning in April 2016

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Description 

"The Moreland Boulevard Pumping Station and Reservoir is a small but well-designed one-story reinforced concrete water pumping and storage facility that was the first of a series of four Art Deco style-influenced resources constructed by the City of Waukesha Water Department beginning in 1931 and ending in 1948. All four resources, including the Moreland Avenue Station, were part of a major city-wide plan of water supply improvement whose purpose was to modernize and upgrade Waukesha's existing water utility system. Each of these four resources was designed by Martin F. White, an architect employed by the Wilbur Lumber Co., a large regional lumber company headquartered in Waukesha, but tney were built by different contractors, the Moreland Boulevard station being built Dy Waukesha contractor Charles S. Reid in 1931 for $6956.00. The north end of tne L-plan Moreiand Boulevard Station consists of a 32.3'x 42.3' 147,126 gallon reservoir room to whose south side is attached a 15' x 15' well room ana a 15' x 15' pump room. All the floors, tne foundation, and the walls ot the Station are constructed of reinforced concrete, ana the exterior portions of the latter are finished with a coating of stucco. The station has been continuously owned by the Water Utility ever since it was built and it is in very good, largely original condition today. The well, however, has recently been taken out of service and the reservoir emptied and the building is now unused."

Quoted from a document prepared for the National Park Service, Inventory Form for Nominated Properties dated July 14, 1994 and prepared by Timothy F. Heggland.

An employee of the water utility, who was on the site the day I visited, told me that the pumps operate overnight to conserve power. He went on to say that the reinforced concrete walls and floor are virtually soundproof and no one hears the pumps when operating.

National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on July 5, 1996
Reference number
96000726
Architectural style
Modern Movement: Art Deco
Areas of significance
Architecture; Community Planning and Development
Level of significance
Local
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Building
Historic function
Public works
Periods of significance
1900-1924; 1925-1949
Significant year
1931

Update Log 

  • April 14, 2016: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status, added description and added photos

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