LOUISVILLE PUMP STATION
Location: Louisville, KY
Construction Cost: $1,600,000
No longer a functioning water pumping facility, the Louisville Pump station and its 169FT tower predate the Civil War and were named National Historic Landmarks in 1971. The pump station, or engine room, was built to resemble a Greek temple. The project involved removing multiple layers of exterior paint and restoring and cleaning the building’s original elements – including masonry façade, wood soffits constructed of old-growth hardwood, locally quarried stone and original terra cotta decorations. The work included cleaning, repairing, recasting and /or rebuilding 480 modillions (the hand-crafted, terra cotta elements under the cornice) and the 48 terra cotta capitals that crown the structure’s Corinthian columns and pilasters. The project also involved tuck pointing brick, masonry repairs, cast iron repairs and recoating the building with white paint, in keeping with its Classical Revival style and Greek temple resemblance. The roof, 65 feet tall at its peak, has been replaced with new slate shingles and lead-coated copper flashing.
ABC Award of Excellence|
AGC Build Kentucky Historic Preservation Award
Featured in the International Concrete Repair Institute’s Concrete Repair Bulletin