West Branch Dams and Reservoir

Location:  Croton Watershed


Architect/Engineer/Other Responsible Parties:  Aqueduct Commission

Historic Use:  Dam and reservoir for the Croton System 

Present Use:  Same

Typology:  Dam/Reservoir

Architectural Style:    

Period(s) of Construction:  1890-1896

Date of Decommissioning:    N/A

Date(s) of Demolition:  N/A

Structural System/Materials:  Earthen embankments with masonry core walls; Dam 1 1800 feet long, 65 feet  high; Dam 2 750 feet long, 45 feet high (dam 2 is earthen)


“The West Branch Reservoir later became an integral part of the modern water system when it was incorporated into the Delaware System as a receiving and balancing reservoir for the Delaware Aqueduct” (Water-works 84).


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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