, on the north edge of
Jerome Park Reservoir
, July 31, 2015.
Built in 1937-38.
“Gate House No. 2 is located in the north basin of the Reservoir.
Gate House No. 2 consists of two components; a 40-foot by 35-foot main
building that extends from the bedrock below the Reservoir floor to one
story above the top of the Reservoir embankment and a 200-feet long
underground passageway that extends from the main building to Sedgwick
Avenue. Currently, Gate House No. 2 serves as the main drainage facility
of the Reservoir and also functions as a north basin water supply source
for Gate House No. 5.”[1,p.10]
“In 1938, designs were prepared for Gate Houses Nos. 2, 5, and 7.
Plans were prepared by the Design Unit, Project Planning Section, Division
of Operations, and Works Progress Administration (WPA). No architect's name
is associated with these designs since they were prepared by the federal
staff of the WPA for the New York City DWSG&E. There is no evidence that
the construction of these gate houses entailed any changes to the mechanical
systems of the Reservoir. While apparently there had been interest in
building gate house superstructures from the time that Jerome Park Reservoir
opened in 1906, it was not until 1938 that funds were available for this
work. The smaller gate houses surrounding the Reservoir appear to be
similar to those designed by the WPA in 1938, but no evidence has been
located as to how these were funded or who built them.”[1,p.104]
“According to plans and elevations on file with the NYCDEP Job
No. 254, the extant Gate House No. 2 superstructure was built as part of the
1937-38 WPA effort for the DWSGE. The Gate House No. 2 superstructure is an
irregularly shaped, one-story, flat-roofed structure, and the projecting
brick piers, with limestone lintels, divide the walls into bays. On the
Reservoir facade, or south elevation, are three windows set into the bays.
The massive ashlar foundation is visible from the Reservoir.”[1,p.106]
Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the Croton Water Treatment
Plant, nyc.gov archive, p.10 of Section 8.2 of The
Croton Water Filtration Plant Project: Final Supplemental Environmental
Impact Statement, July 16, 2004.
Features and Historic Structures at Jerome Park Reservoir (Lehman