Reservoir 5, 1911 Posted on May 23, 2019 by Vintage Portland 13 The newly constructed Reservoir 5 gate house on Mt. Tabor, 1911. City of Portland (OR) Archives, Reservoir 5 gate chamber, A2008-009, 1911. View this image in Efiles by clicking here. Rate this:Share this:FacebookPinterestTwitterEmailRedditLike this:Like Loading... Related
Still there. Looks to be in good shape.
Those original heavy wrought iron door hinges really fit the bill. This structure was
built to last.
As always, I can’t imagine the back breaking work that went into building the reservoirs in late 1800s and early 1900s. Or all the major construction jobs then. Yes, I am fully aware that it is still VERY difficult work—work I would not want to do.
Didnt somebodt live there through the 80s and 90s?
Cyrico the city sold a gatehouse to a closed reservoir on the corner of SE 60th and SE Division. It’s now a private residence.
Some years ago, the Oregonian did a before and after of Mt. Tabor reservoirs:
The gatehouse on the corner of SE 60th & Division was for reservoir #2, and the retirement home was built where the reservoir was located.
One of the interesting facts about the Mount Tabor and Washington Park reservoirs is that the city of Portland had to engage in a long fight with the state of Oregon before it could build them and the Bull Run system. But the city was growing so fast — and the old system was making so many people seriously ill — the state finally relented in the 1880s. Here’s some background: https://www.oregonlive.com/history/2015/02/throwback_thursday_old_portlan.html
Was it really a fight John? In your article it just says they lobbied the legislature. Why would the state fight the city over the city developing a water system.
Its not exactly the State fighting. At that time as well as now, State is just a puppet of the people who stand to make fortunes upon the “right” decision of the State.
such a beautiful reinforced concrete building ! looks like roman style aqueduct hope it stays around forever happy memorial day !
DID YOU KNOW THEY BUILT THESE RESERVOIRS UP AT WASHINGTON PARK IN 1894 !!!
Then you had Mr. Pennoyer stating he’d rather have Willamette river water over Bull Run. The water source for the city of New York (or is it all of New York) requires no filtration.(In case you were wondering) LOL.