Old City Hall

Old City Hall (HM1GJ6)

Location: Lockport, NY 14094 Niagara County
Country: United States of America

N 43° 10.239', W 78° 41.559'

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In 1864, Dwight Keep constructed this typical canal era stone structure which began as the Benjamin C. Moore Company Mill. Around 1884, the building was converted from a flour mill to one of the first water pumping plants in America. The Holly Water Works was a pioneer company in the development of central pumping systems. In 1893 the building became Lockport City Hall and remained so until the city offices moved to the new Municipal Building in 1974.

Old City Hall is uniquely integrated with its canal environment. During the Barge Canal Improvement (1905-1918), the north foundation wall was used to form a retaining wall at the foot of Locks 34 and 35. The Old Canal Raceway runs underneath the building.

The structure began as the Benjamin C. Moore Company Mill. Later the building was converted from a flour mill into one of the first water pumping plants in America. In 1893 it was converted into Lockport City Hall.

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Birdsill Holly (1820-1891)
was the inventor of the Holly System of Direct Pressure Water Supply and Fire Protection for cities, towns and villages. His large industrial complex called Holly Manufacturing Company was built on the banks of the Erie Canal.

He blasted an underground raceway to utilize the surplus water from the canal to provide power for his factory and mills and also for other industries located on both sides of the canal. One of his greatest achievements was the invention of Central District Steam Heat.
HM NumberHM1GJ6
Series This marker is part of the Erie Canal series
Marker Number5
Placed ByNew York State Canals
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 at 8:31pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 687550 N 4782349
Decimal Degrees43.17065000, -78.69265000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 43° 10.239', W 78° 41.559'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds43° 10' 14.34" N, 78° 41' 33.54" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)716, 585
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2 Pine St, Lockport NY 14094, US
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