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Plate with Water Works, Philadelphia

c. 1820
Made by Ralph Stevenson and Williams, Cobridge, England, 1776 - 1853. Decoration after John James Barralet, Irish (active United States), 1747 - 1815
Between 1799 and 1828 the Philadelphia Water Works, or Pump House, was located on a site now occupied by City Hall. Designed by architect Benjamin Henry Latrobe, the building was linked to a series of pumps that drew water from the Schuylkill River. The water was stored in tanks in the upper story of the building; from there it was delivered through wooden pipes to locations throughout the city....

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