Baltimore Public Works Museum
Designed by architect Henry Brauns and Chief Engineer Calvin Hendricks, the Station’s grand exterior incorporates a mansard slate roof, classical pediment and ornamental copper turrets that convey the sense of civic pride the people of Baltimore associated with their new and innovative sewage system. Baltimore’s topography dictated the location essentially allowing gravity to transport the wastewater created in the downtown area directly to the Station. In addition, the Station’s close proximity to water and railway lines was a natural fit for the delivery of large amounts of coal. The coal would be moved by conveyor to the top of the building and stored in four bins. When used, the burned coal would generate the steam that powered the three Corliss pumps built by Bethlehem Steel to help transport the wastewater to its final destination for cleaning at the Back River Wastewater Treatment Plant approximately
By the year 1959 modern technology provided for the changeover to the one diesel and five electric pumps that continue in operation today. On average the Station pumps approximately 30 million gallons of wastewater every day.
In 1982, the surprisingly interesting Baltimore Public Works Museum opened its doors in the space vacated by the removal of the boilers, highlighting public works services through exhibits, photographs, media presentations and family programming.
The Eastern Avenue Pumping Station continues to provide essential service to the citizens of Baltimore 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Location. 39° 17.088′ N, 76° 36.198′ W. Marker is in Baltimore, Maryland. Marker is on Eastern Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 751 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore MD 21202, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Christopher Columbus Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Water Power: Baltimore's Economic Engine (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Baltimore Riot Trail (about 300 feet away); a different marker also named Baltimore Riot Trail (about 400 feet away); President Street Station (about 400 feet away); Discover Little Italy: A Taste of the Past
More about this marker. The museum was closed in 2011 because of budget.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 8, 2012, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 435 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 8, 2012, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.