Wednesday, July 30, 2008

A Grand Celebration of Water and Pipes

Central Pumping Station

Central Pumping Station

Back in the day, they really knew how to celebrate infrastructure. Public works projects weren't just mundane objects or commonplace utilities, they were a testament to our ability to make the world a more livable place.

Take this water pumping station, for example. Originally built in 1915, this is the San Francisco Water Department's Central Pump Station at the Merced Manor Reservoir, at 645 Sloat Blvd. (Map) in the city's Sunset District. The restoration of the station was completed in 2007, and the landscaping is set to go in soon.

Quoting from Deuteronomy Chapter 11, the text below the frieze humbly reads:

"But the Land Whither Ye Go to Posess it, Is a Land of Hills and Valleys, And Drinketh Water of the Rain of Heaven."

Quoting from Proverbs 5:16, the text above the door says:

"Let thy fountains be dispersed abroad and rivers of waters in the streets."