art, Baltimore, engineering, Health, HISTORY, Jones Falls, Museum, Sewage History
Below is an artist rendition of what the Eastern Avenue Pumping Station was to look like in 1907. I found this water color drawing at the DPW Museum, tucked behind a bunch of wet, moldy boxes (some museum pieces were damaged by water and fire years ago). I am hoping to take this art work and have it restored soon. I like that the artist also included the Baltimore Shot Tower in the background, to the right. With the coal bins above the steam boilers, that ran the pumps, the coal was unloaded from rail cars and ships, then conveyed to the top of the building. It fell into hoppers and the hoppers fed the boilers. Engineering marvel. The building is being considered as a Historic Landmark.
The building is still pumping sewage every day. Where the boilers once were, had been converted into the DPW Museum, which has been closed for a few years.