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Recent retiree--35 year's experience teaching reading, English, adult basic education and volunteer leadership skills. Started this blog to exchange ideas and commentary with friends and others having an interest in joining the discussions. Greatest life accomplishments include: 1.organized my 3rd grade class to check out library books for me to get around librarian's weekly limit--Amazon.com, the Mullins Elementary 3rd Grade Class of 1956 is still waiting for "thank you" notes; 2. volunteered in the Peace Corps, island of St. Kitts, West Indies; 3.taught adults to read, earn their GEDs., and speak English as a second language; 4. bought a border collie puppy for $6, got evicted rather than give him up, and began a life-long love affair with all things "Dog"; 5. joined a physical fitness boot camp in my mid-50s--don't mess with someone who's been doing regulation pushups in wet grass at 5:30 a.m.; 6. walked across Northern England with best friend Sally--over 80 miles from the Irish to North Seas; and 7. travelled to many foreign countries for pleasure and work.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Louisville's Gothic Reservoir



Can you believe that this Gothic stone castle is actually the gatehouse for Louisville's water reservoir basin?  Water from the Ohio River is pumped into the Louisville Crescent Hill Reservoir where sediment is filtered out before being supplied to local customers for drinking, residential and commercial use.  All the filtration mechanisms are housed in this unlikely "castle" built in the late 1800s.  The building has many Gothic architectural details like stone rosettes and water urns on the roof points.  An ornate iron fence circles the reservoir:



I took these photos last weekend while chasing the sunset over the Ohio River.  As you can see I got to the reservoir too late, but did manage to get these pics of the fence and water.  I'll go back another day for the sunsets and sunrises.  There is a walking/running path which circles the reservoir and is popular with residents of the Crescent Hill neighborhood for its elevated and unobstructed views of Crescent Hill Park.  Finally, here's a bonus shot that I call "light and shadow" of leaves on the stone steps to the gatehouse:


Linking to Friday Fences and Nature Footstep Waters .

9 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

that's pretty odd, to use a building that looks like that AND was built in the 1800s for a water reservoir plant. pretty unique. :)

Brian King said...

That's a very impressive building for a reservoir! We certainly don't have anything like that here. Beautiful!

Jan n Jer said...

Good way to use the building...love your evening shot of the iron fence...the lights reflecting in the water is so pretty!

Lois Evensen said...

Very, very pretty. We have an old castle at an old water pumping station 100 miles up stream from you at Cincinnati. It's next to the old reservoir near the Krohn Conservatory. Great place for pictures. The top of half of the old reservoir is now a shallow lake that is perfect for sailing toy boats.

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

That's a really fancy building for a water reservoir! I love the photos you got of the fence!

Anki-itte said...

Beautiful water.

NatureFootstep said...

great captures of the blue hour. I love that hour. Makes great colors. :)

Tina´s PicStory said...

wonderful pics! i love the colors. .... and yes, i wanted to dance :)

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Amazing photos - I love them all, each and every one of them.