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Rockville in Montgomery County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Preserving a Community Resource

Rockville's Pumphouse

 
 
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By Allen C. Browne, September 12, 2017
1. Preserving a Community Resource Marker
Inscription. In 1896, after the election of Mayor Joseph Reading on the Water Works ticket, the Mayor and Council of Rockville approved plans and specifications for a waterworks and electric light plant. The plant was intended to supplement and eventually replace the use of private wells and gaslights and encourage the growth of industry. The City purchased two lots of land where the Pump House stands today from the mayor's father, William Reading, for $600. A 225-foot well was dug, and construction began on the waterworks and plant. The project was completed in 1897.

The community and government continued to grow in the early part of the twentieth century, creating a need for facilities to house City workers. Beginning in 1932 the Pump House served as the headquarters for the City's Department of Public Works. Interior renovations, including an office and second story, were added in 1949 to accommodate the department.

In 1957 a new water treatment facility was opened, drawing water from the Potomac River. With the new plant, the City abandoned the wells at the Pump House, but the pumps continued to operate. The Department of Public Works remained in the building until 1962 when the building was slated for demolition as being obsolete.

Before the building could be demolished, the City's Director of Recreation, Neil
Preserving a Community Resource Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, September 13, 2017
2. Preserving a Community Resource Marker
Ofthsun, proposed renovating the building and surrounding land for a neighborhood meeting house and playground. After renovation, the Pump House served as the City's first Senior Center for many years, until the current Senior Center was dedicated on Carnation Drive.

The Pump House was retained in a public park for use as a community center and was heavily used by the East Rockville neighborhood. Designated as a local historic resource in 2005, it stands as a vital reminder of the City's commitment to its residents and history.

Renovation of the Pump House took place in 2010, under the direction of Burt Hall, Director of Recreation and Parks. The windows were restored to their original height, the ceiling raised and the interior of the building modernized for continued use as a community center and gathering place for public use.
 
Location. 39° 5.111′ N, 77° 8.457′ W. Marker is in Rockville, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Marker is on South Horners Lane. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 401 South Horners Lane, Rockville MD 20850, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Rockville's Pump House (here, next to this marker); Typhoid in Rockville (here, next to this marker); Rockville Station
Mayor Joseph Reading image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, September 12, 2017
3. Mayor Joseph Reading
Close-up if photo on marker
(approx. ¼ mile away); Saint Mary's Catholic Church (approx. 0.3 miles away); Saint Mary’s Church (approx. 0.3 miles away); Baseball Field (approx. half a mile away); Rockville Town Square (approx. half a mile away); Court House Square (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rockville.
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
Rockville's Pump House, 2009 image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, September 12, 2017
4. Rockville's Pump House, 2009
Close-up of photo on marker
Eagle Weather Vane image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, September 13, 2017
5. Eagle Weather Vane
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 8, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 6, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 55 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on November 6, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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