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Burlington Heritage Buildings - The Burlington Pump House

                                            Burlington Heritage Buildings - The Burlington Pump House

In 1908 Burlington was a bustling shipping town on the shores of Lake Ontario. With it's proximity to water transportation, the town was quickly growing and the citizens demand for clean drinking water soon became a main concern with the town council.

The Pump House - Burlington Heritage Building
The funds were allocated and an engineer was sought out for the designing of the desired 'Pump House' which was to built near an underground source of clean filtred water on the shores of Burlington Beach.

Engineer W.C. Chipman was hired. He designed a beautiful, brick building with classical detailing in the 'Beaux Art' style, showing how important this building was to be from an architectural standpoint.

On June 14, 1909, Reeve Maxwell Smith turned the first sod and the Burlington Pump House began it's illustrious history.

E. Williamson was chosen to build the structure at a cost of $3,554.00. Smart Turner Co. supplied and installed the electrically operated pumping machinery at a cost of $5000.00.

The pump well was the final addition to the building at a cost of $1,943.00.

The Burlington Pump House was put into commission in March of 1910 and served the citizens of Burlington dutifully until 1936, a year after Burlington's first water filtration plant was built.

The Pump House then became a private residence for a number of years.

The Burlington Pump House was designated under the Ontario Heritage Act in 1992.

After braving the wind and storms that blow in off the shores of Lake Ontario all of these years, the beautiful building now has fallen into disuse. Peeling paint and dusty windows becry the loneliness of a building that once served Burlington so well.
Burlington Heritage Buildings -The Burlington Pump House Historical Plaque

In the past year, discussions have been underway by city council as to what should be done with the building.

With it's ideal location on the Burlington Beach, a decision has been reached that will see the Burlington Pump House eventually become a pub or food venue serving the public who frequent the beach in the summer season.

The Burlington Pump House is one of Burlington's most interesting Heritage Buildings, having a history encompassing utility, then residential and now, finally, in it's twilight years, one of recreation and enjoyment.


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Comment balloon 9 commentsJo-Anne Smith • November 19 2012 06:38PM

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Jo, what a beautiful structure, and I do hope that it is preserved in a manner that befits it's character! 

Posted by Bruce Walter (Keller Williams Realty Lafayette/West Lafayette, Indiana) about 5 years ago

Hi Jo...That's a Fine looking heritage building, great photo and history story of the building.

Cheers, have a fun and successful week!

Posted by Fred Carver Personal Real Estate Corporation, Accredited Real Estate Consultant (RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate) about 5 years ago

Bruce,

I think it's quite a beautiful building too and I do hope that they keep some of it's original character and history intact when it becomes a public food/beverage venue.

Jo

Posted by Jo-Anne Smith about 5 years ago

Hi Fred,

Thanks for stopping by with such a nice comment! Always enjoy seeing your smiling face. :)

Jo

Posted by Jo-Anne Smith about 5 years ago

John,

I agree with you completely. Having not been inside, I'm not sure what remains to show that it was once a pumphouse; especially since it was a residence for so many years afterwards.
Perhaps they could bring some of the old equipment/mementos in and showcase them so that customers and visitors always remember what it once was.

Jo

Posted by Jo-Anne Smith about 5 years ago

Jo-Anne,

The Burlington Pump House was a worthwhile investment - thank goodness it came to fruition.

We take so many things for granted.

You made me think how lucky we are to have fresh drinking water - bottled water too!

Happy Thanksgiving :)

Posted by Patricia Feager, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) about 5 years ago

Patricia,

A very worthwhile investment, indeed! We do take for granted the clean drinking water we have available at the turn of a faucet.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!!

Jo

Posted by Jo-Anne Smith about 5 years ago

It's so cute I think it would make a great pub!  It should definitley be saved and preserved.

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) about 5 years ago

Hi Georgina,

It would make a great pub....or little cafe on the beach.

Jo

Posted by Jo-Anne Smith about 5 years ago

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