This whimsical shelter was located on a ridge in Philadelphia overlooking the Schuylkill River. It was “one of the thatch-roof rustic pavilions installed at the [Fairmount Water Works] between 1864-1866 as a decorative improvement,” according to the website Philadelphia Architects and Buildings.
The photo, via Library Company of Philadelphia Commons on flickr, is dated ca. 1870.
In the lower left corner of the picture, you can just see one of the water work’s Classical Revival buildings at the river’s edge below. They housed and disguised the pumping equipment of the city’s water supply system from 1815 until 1911.
I love the birdhouses near the top of the pavilion’s roof.
The little buildings seem to have been replaced during the 20th century by white gazebos more closely matching the style of the other water works buildings, which now house a restaurant and interpretive center.
4 thoughts on “The Sunday porch: rustic pavilion”
I think I have to build one of these in the orchard. With the birdhouses, a key design element, imo.
That would be lovely!
I loved reading the history, such beautiful buildings for a city’s waterworks!
It’s interesting that Philadelphia’s early 19th. century government would have the vision to create such a beautiful riverside, public facility.