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Property Name Saugatuck Pump House
Reference Number 15000943
State Michigan
County Allegan
Town Saugatuck
Street Address 735 Park Street
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 12/29/2015
Areas of Significance Engineering, Social History
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The Saugatuck Pump House meets national register criterion A in the Saugatuck context for housing Saugatuck's first public water supply pumping station and electric system generating plant. The water pumping station went into operation in 1904, the electric plant, operated by the Lake Shore Electric Company, in 1912. The pump house also meets national register criterion B for its direct association with John W. Alvord, a nationally prominent hydraulic and sanitary engineer of the time from the Chicago area. Alvord, who planned the village public water system of which the pump house was a component, was a summer resident in Saugatuck at the time he was tapped to plan Saugatuck's water system and for over forty years in all .'

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Properties are listed in the National Register of Historic Places under four criteria: A, B, C, and D. For information on what these criterion are and how they are applied, please see our Bulletin on How to Apply the National Register Criteria