Cross River Dam and Reservoir


Structure/Property Name (Current and Original, if Different):  Cross River Dam and Reservoir


Historic Use:  Dam and reservoir for the Croton System 

Present Use:  Same

Typology:  Dam/Reservoir

Period(s) of Construction:  1906-1908

Date of Decommissioning:    N/A

Date(s) of Demolition:  N/A

Structural System/Materials:  Cyclopean masonry; 986 feet long, 170 feet high; faced with precast concrete blocks; filled with “cyclopean” masonry:  gigantic stones in matrix of concrete.


“When needed, the water from the reservoir is released down the natural channel of the river into the New Croton Reservoir” (Water-works 98)


Kevin Bone, “The Extension of the Croton System,”  Water-works:  The Architecture and Engineering of the New York City Water Supply, Kevin Bone, ed. (New York:  The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of the Cooper Union and The Monacelli Press, 2006


Jørgen G. Cleemann


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