Model of the High Bridge Water Tower

Object Number: 
1923.110
Date: 
ca. 1871
Medium: 
Silver plate
Dimensions: 
Overall: 32 1/2 x 10 x 10 in. ( 82.6 x 25.4 x 25.4 cm )
Marks: 
engraved: on the front: "Presented/ to/ John L. Brown,/ August 7th 1871./ by the/ Employees on the/ Tower Works,/ as a/ Souvenir/ of the pleasent times/ passed in his employ." in script engraved: on the base: "Fac-Simile/ of the/ High Service Tower,/ for
Description: 
Wrought and cast silver plated model of the High Bridge Water Tower, Harlem River, N.Y. engraved on the front, "Presented/ to/ John L. Brown,/ August 7th 1871./ by the/ Employees on the/ Tower Works,/ as a/ Souvenir/ of the pleasent times/ passed in his employ." in script; tower seated on an octagonal base engraved, "Fac-Simile/ of the/ High Service Tower,/ for supplying the upper part of/ New York City/ with water/ E. M. Tracy, Chief Eng./ W. L. Dearborn, Eng. in charge/ G. A. Cushing, Resident Eng./ C. Birkner, Asst Eng. & Draughtsman./ James Fleming, Inspector." in script on one side, " City of New York./ A. Oakey Hall, Mayor. WM. Tweed, Com. of Public Works." in script inan engraved and wheel turned rectangle on on side and, "High Service Water Works/ John L. Brown, John Witherell, Contractors./ John Wright, Master mason./ D. Goodfellow, master Carpenter./ Jos Edwards, Master Machinist./ N. Megan, Paymaster." in script.
Gallery Label: 
This replica commemorating the completion of the High Bridge Tower was presented to John L. Brown (ca. 1805-1875), the project's supervisor, on August 7, 1871. Brown was a regular contractor for the City of New York and undertook a variety of municipal jobs, including supervision of paving, grading, and street cleaning, as well as construction. The High Bridge Water Tower, which was among the many important improvements to New York City's infrastructure undertaken after the Civil War, channeled water to northern Manhattan. Built as part of the Croton Aqueduct, the tower held and distributed water piped from the city's Croton River in Westchester County, to the city's growing population.
Credit Line: 
Gift of the Family of the late Amos F. Eno
Provenance: 
Presented to John L. Brown (ca. 1805-1875); descent uncertain; to Amos F. Eno (1836-1915); to his family, the donors.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group