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Sunol in Alameda County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Sunol Water Temple

 
 
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By Syd Whittle, November 6, 2009
1. Sunol Water Temple Marker
Inscription.  
[Main Marker:]
California Historic
Civil Engineering Landmark


Alameda Creek Water System
1888
San Francisco Section A802 1975

[Second Marker:]
Restoration of the Sunol Water Temple
Started May 27, 1997

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Willie L. Brown – Mayor • E. Dennis Normandy – Commission President • Victor G. Makras – Commission Vice-President • Robert K. Werbe – Commissioner • Frank L. Cook – Commissioner • Ann Moller Caen – Commissioner • Anson B. Koran – General Manager
Completed Sept. 9, 2000
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Willie L. Brown – Mayor • E. Dennis Normandy – Commission President • Victor G. Makras – Commission Vice-President • Frank L. Cook – Commissioner
Sunol Water Temple Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 6, 2009
2. Sunol Water Temple Marker
• Ann Moller Caen – Commissioner • Ashok Kumar Bhatt – Commissioner • John P. Mullane, Jr. – General Manager
In partnership with the communities of
Sunol and the San Francisco Bay Area

 
Erected 1975 by American Society of Civic Engineering – Founded 1852.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public WorkWaterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Historic Civil Engineering Landmarks series list.
 
Location. 37° 35.127′ N, 121° 53.126′ W. Marker is in Sunol, California, in Alameda County. Marker can be reached from Paloma Way. Entrance to the Water Temple is at the intersection of Niles Canyon Road, Pleasanton-Sunol Road and Paloma Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 505 Paloma Way, Sunol CA 94586, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Sunol (approx. 0.6 miles away); Niles Canyon Railway (approx. 0.6 miles
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3. Sunol Water Temple - Second Marker
away); De Anza Expedition 1775 - 1776 (approx. 4 miles away); World War II War Memorial (approx. 4 miles away); Mission San José (approx. 4 miles away); Vallejo Homesite (approx. 4.1 miles away); Washington Hotel (approx. 4.1 miles away); Ehrman General Store (approx. 4.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sunol.
 
Also see . . .
1. San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. The Sunol Water Temple
"The 1910 beaux arts landmark, built by the SFPUC’s predecessor the Spring Valley Water Company, was designed by renowned architect Willis Polk and modeled after the Temple of Vesta in Tivoli, Italy. The converging waters of Alameda Creek, Arroyo de la Laguna, and the Pleasanton Wells poured down into a tile basin at the temple bottom. Though the waters were once used for San Francisco’s water supply before construction of the Hetch Hetchy system, today only a small amount is diverted
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By Syd Whittle, November 6, 2009
4. Sunol Water Temple - Second Marker
for local SFPUC uses and storage. The rest is released into Alameda Creek."
(Submitted on November 14, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.) 

2. Restoration of the Sunol Water Temple. (Submitted on November 14, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
3. The Sunol Water Temple. A Wikipedia Article on the history of the Water Temple. (Submitted on November 14, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.) 
 
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5. Sunol Water Temple Markers
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6. Sunol Water Temple
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7. Sunol Water Temple
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8. Sunol Water Temple
Interior Art of the Dome image. Click for full size.
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9. Interior Art of the Dome
View From Interior of the Water Temple image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 6, 2009
10. View From Interior of the Water Temple
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 8, 2019. It was originally submitted on November 14, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 1,795 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. submitted on November 14, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.
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