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Lockport in Niagara County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Old City Hall

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, June 2, 2014
1. Old City Hall Marker
Captions: Lockport City Hall decorated with patriotic bunting (top, center); Locks, (Upper Level) Lockport, N.Y. (bottom, center).
Inscription. In 1864, Dwight Keep constructed this typical canal era stone structure which began as the Benjamin C. Moore Company Mill. Around 1884, the building was converted from a flour mill to one of the first water pumping plants in America. The Holly Water Works was a pioneer company in the development of central pumping systems. In 1893 the building became Lockport City Hall and remained so until the city offices moved to the new Municipal Building in 1974.

Old City Hall is uniquely integrated with its canal environment. During the Barge Canal Improvement (1905-1918), the north foundation wall was used to form a retaining wall at the foot of Locks 34 and 35. The Old Canal Raceway runs underneath the building.

The structure began as the Benjamin C. Moore Company Mill. Later the building was converted from a flour mill into one of the first water pumping plants in America. In 1893 it was converted into Lockport City Hall.

Sidebar on the right
Birdsill Holly (1820-1891)
was the inventor of the Holly System of Direct Pressure Water Supply and Fire Protection for cities, towns and villages. His large industrial complex called Holly Manufacturing Company was built on the banks of the Erie Canal.

He blasted an underground raceway to utilize the surplus water from the canal to provide power
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By Barry Swackhamer, June 2, 2014
2. Old City Hall Marker
for his factory and mills and also for other industries located on both sides of the canal. One of his greatest achievements was the invention of Central District Steam Heat.
 
Erected by New York State Canals. (Marker Number 5.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Erie Canal marker series.
 
Location. 43° 10.239′ N, 78° 41.559′ W. Marker is in Lockport, New York, in Niagara County. Marker is on Pine Street near Main Street (New York State Route 31), on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2 Pine Street, Lockport NY 14094, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lockport City Hall (here, next to this marker); Lock Construction (a few steps from this marker); The Great American Canal (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Locks West (within shouting distance of this marker); Upper Locks View (within shouting distance of this marker); Life on the Barges (within shouting distance of this marker); Electric Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Lower Lock Construction (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Click for a list of all markers in Lockport.
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceNotable Buildings
 
Old City Hall image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 2, 2014
3. Old City Hall
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 222 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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