Louisville, Kentucky: Waterworks TempleThe Louisville Waterworks and water tower was built in 1860, ravaged by 1890 tornado. Evokes an ancient pagan temple, complete with statues of Roman and Greek gods and an Indian hunter with a dog. Museum open since 2014.
- 3005 River Rd, Louisville, KY
- I-71 exit 2. Turn north onto Zorn Ave. Drive a half-mile to the parking lot.
- W-F 10-5, Sa-Su 10-3 (Call to verify)
- Tour $5.
Visitor Tips and News About Waterworks Temple
The Louisville Waterworks opened in 1860 to provide clean drinking water to the city, whose citizens previously drank untreated water directly from the Ohio River or smaller creeks. Designed to be a showcase and a point of interest for the rest of the nation, it was built to resemble a classical Greek or Roman temple, complete with faux marble columns and statues representing various mythological deities. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1971.
It's still an active pumping facility, but sections of it are open for tours and the original pump house is now a museum.
Approximately two miles southeast of it, in Reservoir Park, is a pumping station designed to look like a German mansion.[signmanjoe, 04/20/2017]