Division Avenue Pumping Station

Division Ave., at the foot of W. 45th St., Cleveland, Ohio


Division Avenue Pumping Station & Filtration Plant

Photo from the Historic American Engineering Record

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The two plants represented state-of-the-art technology for water treatment. With their additions over the years they have supplied sufficient clean water to the citizens of Cleveland. The construction of the two plants evidenced several innovative movements in the history of technology as applied to tunneling the treatment of water.First put into service in 1917, the Division Avenue Pumping Station was a notable engineering achievement, representing the apogee of the steam-powered reciprocating pumping engine to furnish water to the households of Cleveland, then the nation's sixth-largest city. As built, the station was equipped with six triple-expansion steam pumping engines having capacities ranging from 10 to 25 million gallons per day. Three of these, all built by Allis Chalmers, still remained in 1974 when the station, cited as a "rare technological landmark" and said to be unique in the state of Ohio, was listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Incorporating elements of the Second Renaissance Revival style, the substantial four-story brick building that housed the engines is notable in its own right and is an integral component of a water-treatment plant sharing a common architectural idiom. -- Historic American Engineering Record (HAER OH-3)

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on January 18, 1974
Reference number
Architectural styles
Late 19th and 20th Century Revival; Other architectural type; Second Renaissance Revival
Areas of significance
Engineering; Architecture
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic functions
Water works; Public works
Current functions
Water works; Public works
Period of significance
Significant year

Update Log 

  • May 16, 2017: New Street View added by Michael Miller
  • September 7, 2014: Updated by J.R. Manning: Corrected name of manufacturer
  • June 20, 2012: New Street View added by Bill Eichelberger