Monday, February 18, 2013

Mosaic and Macro Monday - Louisville's Gothic Water Reservoir, Part II



Last week I posted some evening photos of Louisville's Crescent Hill Reservoir and the rather unexpected Gothic "castle" which serves as a gatehouse for the reservoir.  Control valves for the reservoir are inside the gatehouse and determine the water level in the reservoir basin which is pumped in from the Ohio River.  It is  approximately one mile around and enjoyed by Louisvillians for walking, running and beautiful sunrises and sunsets.

Last week the gates were closed, but this week I got there in time to walk around the reservoir and get some closeups of the Gothic gatehouse which was built in 1879:

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The gatehouse, stone steps and iron fence have some unusual Gothic architectural details, most notably grand water urns on each of the roof points:

Finally, I liked the way these leaves on the steps shone in the golden evening light: 


Linking to: Macro Monday and Mosaic Monday

14 comments:

Lea said...

Beautiful photos! Wonderful light!
And a bit of history, too!
Lea
Lea's Menagerie

Jan n Jer said...

What a gorgeous place to photograph...great pics Faye.

TexWisGirl said...

truly unique!

chai-and-chardonnay.blogspot.com said...

Beautiful objects...and I love the colors! Nice captures.

chai-and-chardonnay.blogspot.com said...

Beautiful objects...and I love the colors! Nice captures.

Carletta said...

I need to put this beauty on my list of places to see. When the page opened I thought it must be an overseas vacation shot. :)
Glad you went back and snapped the details!

Brian King said...

That's even more beautiful in the daylight! Gorgeous building! Wonderful shots, Faye!

Gunilla Bäck said...

Looks like a very interesting place.

Stewart M said...

Great light - I really like the leaf shot.

As far as I am aware the glass is original in our door - although we had the lead replaced just after we moved in. So, in the picture, the colour is original, but the black lines are modern!

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

HOOTIN ANNI said...

What an interesting post. Enjoyed the bit of history, and the walk around the property with you.

Carol L McKenna said...

What a fascinating place ~ Wonderful photography ^_^

Thanks for your comments .

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Oh I love the whole idea - these days we would slap up a prefab building and call it done. I love the work put into the Gothic Castle.

Riet said...

What a beautiful building. I love the style

Kateri said...

So much fun when a utilitarian building is beautiful! This one is gorgeous. Love your photos.