Fairmount Water Works

Location: Philadelphia, PA
Renovation Architect: Mark Thompson

O'Donnell & Naccarato provided structural engineering services for the restoration of the Water Works, the registered National Historic Landmark and National Historic Civil & Mechanical Engineering Landmark designed by Frederick Graff. Philadelphia was the first major American city to regard the delivery of safe drinking water as a municipal responsibility, thusly the Water Works dam, pump house and reservoir structures were built at the Schukyll River's edge between 1819 and 1922. By 1880, the city's growing water demands began to outpace the river's capacity, and in 1909 the facility was closed. After its closure, the Water Works became an aquarium and swimming facility up until 1973. Since its construction, thousands of international tourists flock to the Water Works each year to admire its stunning architectural features. Today the restored Fairmount Water Works operate as a restaurant and museum space.