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Richmond Reservoir

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1874–1875, Wilfred E. Cutshaw. Boulevard at Grant St.

The cascading fountain backdrop behind the Columbus Memorial serves to conceal part of the pumping equipment for the reservoir. Remarkably, this containment of 40 million gallons of water has provided almost 125 years of service to the city of Richmond. In the 1960s a roof was constructed over the entire reservoir. On the opposite side of the reservoir, at 2700 Stafford Road, is a pumping station (c. 1920) that doubles as a classically detailed garden casino with arched openings, quoins, and cornice. Trefoil medallions decorate the facade, suggesting the turbines at the heart of the facility.

Writing Credits

Richard Guy Wilson et al.


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Richard Guy Wilson et al., "Richmond Reservoir", [Richmond, Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Virginia: Tidewater and Piedmont, Richard Guy Wilson and contributors. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002, 266-266.

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