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Madison in Dane County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Nichols Station

Balch and Lippert, Architects

 

1917

 
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By William J. Toman, November 5, 2011
1. Nichols Station Marker
Inscription. Nichols Station is significant for its role in the advancement of water works technology and the public works history of Madison. The design introduced a steam operated pumping system, a turning point in water works technology which replaced the artesian well system. The new station was equipped with two Allis-Chalmers steam-driven pumping units of eight-million gallons per day capacity each. One of these pumps remains in place. Elements of the Prairie style used on this building were adopted system-wide and appear on most of Madison's subsequent water works buildings.

Designated October 25, 1993
 
Erected 2011 by the Madison Landmarks Commission. (Marker Number 110.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin, Madison Landmarks Commission marker series.
 
Location. 43° 4.83′ N, 89° 22.995′ W. Marker is in Madison, Wisconsin, in Dane County. Marker is at the intersection of East Gorham Street and North Franklin Street, on the left when traveling west on East Gorham Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 427 East Gorham Street, Madison WI 53703, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Voluntarios Internacionales de la Libertad
Nichols Station Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, November 5, 2011
2. Nichols Station Marker
The marker is on the right corner of the building in this photo. The building has been converted into apartments.
(about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Gates of Heaven Synagogue (about 500 feet away); Bernard - Hoover Boat House (about 700 feet away); Irene and Robert Connor Residence (approx. 0.2 miles away); Anna and Cornelius Collins Residence (approx. 0.2 miles away); Gloria Dei Evangelical Lutheran Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Old Governor's Mansion (approx. 0.2 miles away); Timothy Brown House (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Madison.
 
Regarding Nichols Station. According to the Madison Landmarks Commission, "Nichols Station [is] also known as the Madison Water Works... Engineers for the construction of the station faced the challenge of constructing the building around and eventually enclosing the still-operating old pumping station. The station continued operation until 1976. The design of the pumping station reflects the influence of the Prairie School of architecture, uncommon in utilitarian structures. Design details of this main station were used in most of the smaller stations that
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By William J. Toman, November 5, 2011
3. Nichols Station Marker
The marker is on the corner on the left. This is the northwest side of the building, which faces Lake Mendota.
sprung up around the city as Madison grew."
 
Also see . . .  Madison Landmarks Commission. The landmark nomination form for the building (pdf). (Submitted on November 6, 2011, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.) 
 
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By William J. Toman, November 5, 2011
4. Nichols Station
The southeast side of the building, which is now surrounded by another apartment building on two sides.
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By William J. Toman, November 5, 2011
5. Nichols Station
The east corner of the building.
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By William J. Toman, November 5, 2011
6. Nichols Station
What was apparently a smokestack on the northeast side of the building was truncated and capped with a deck for one of the apartments.
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By William J. Toman, November 5, 2011
7. Nichols Station
A closeup view of the smokestack deck.
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By William J. Toman, November 5, 2011
8. Nichols Station
The smokestack deck from an internal courtyard.
The Remaining Allis-Chalmers Pump image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, November 5, 2011
9. The Remaining Allis-Chalmers Pump
The Remaining Allis-Chalmers Pump image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, November 5, 2011
10. The Remaining Allis-Chalmers Pump
This view shows the Allis-Chalmers stamp and a plaque stating "City of Madison 1920."
The Remaining Allis-Chalmers Pump image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, November 5, 2011
11. The Remaining Allis-Chalmers Pump
A closeup of the pump wheel on the steam-driven pump.
The Remaining Allis-Chalmers Pump image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, November 5, 2011
12. The Remaining Allis-Chalmers Pump
The Remaining Allis-Chalmers Pump image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, November 5, 2011
13. The Remaining Allis-Chalmers Pump
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 6, 2011, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 317 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13. submitted on November 6, 2011, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.
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