Architects, Baltimore, engineering, glass plate negatives, HISTORY, Lake Clifton, Public Works, Research, water, water history
I was asked the other day if I knew who the architect of the Clifton Gate House was? I could not find any information after a couple hours of research. Of course, an internet search took me to the Maryland Historical Trust, where it is noted the architect is unknown, so I decided to look through all the Engineers Annual Reports here in my office. I also looked through a lot of drawings.
I found this. Not for the gate house itself, but for the keepers cottage. In very faded print it names the architect for the cottage as Jackson C Gott.
More research revealed a couple interesting photos and prints concerning Gott. He designed two local buildings. The Maryland Penitentiary.
And the Eastern Pumping Station, which I talked about a few weeks ago. Here is a beautiful print I found at the St Croix website.
Below is the Keepers Cottage next to the Clifton Gate House. I do not have time to fix this glass plate negative, unfortunately.
There were two other ramshackle buildings near the gate house, put up by the water engineer to protect the valves, in a pit.
Two drawings of the water mains at the gate house.
Below shows the location of the venturi meter, added later.
Here is the plans for the building. No architect and it comes from the water engineers office. Curran, Martin and Kenly.
With all that said, looking at the three structures: Gate House, Pumping Station and Penitentiary, I would take a long shot guess and say that Jackson C. Gott designed the gate house. Most prints and photos are from the DPW collection except for the recent Pen photo and the EPS print, which is mine.
Mike Lane said:
Very cool. I would agree with your conclusion.
Paul Raith said:
Gott drafted a number of great buildings in Maryland, one being the second Western Maryland Depot in Westminster. Unfortunately that was torn down in 1961, but is remembered as one of the nicest stations on the line.