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The Hamilton Waterworks

Hamilton Waterworks

Photos by contributor Wayne Adam - Posted June, 2009

Hamilton Waterworks

Plaque Location

The City of Hamilton
On the wall between two buildings
to the left of a small museum at 900 Woodward Avenue

Coordinates: N 43 15.392 W 79 46.317


Plaque Text

This dignified building, reminiscent of the style of a Roman aqueduct, houses one of Canada's greatest surviving engineering achievements of the mid-19th century, the Hamilton Waterworks. Built between 1857 and 1859, it was designed by the prominent Canadian engineer, Thomas C. Keefer. Its grand interior, dominated by giant cast-iron doric columns, houses steam engines cast by the nearby Dundas foundry. The pumphouse produced as many as nineteen million litres of water daily until 1910, when increasing demand and improved technology forced its retirement.

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Thomas Coltrin Keefer 1821-1915

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> Posted September 19, 2011
This is an example of the most amazing beam double steam pumps ever. Amazing detail. Awesome.

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