Are you curious to discover what's behind the doors of the ornate stone building located in the center of the Crescent Hill Reservoir on Reservoir Avenue? Now is your chance to take a peek inside the iconic Gatehouse with the return of Walking Wednesdays. It’s been over a year since Louisville Water has hosted this event, which is free and open to the public.
This year, Walking Wednesdays is offered for three sessions. On July 7 and August 4, visitors are invited inside the Gatehouse from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. as a paired experience with the Fund for the Arts’ Cultural Pass offering at Louisville Water Tower Park. On September 1, the Gatehouse will be open from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. At all events, Louisville Water employees will be onsite to answer questions, offer insights into the history of this unique building, and make sure visitors stay hydrated with plenty of great-tasting Louisville Pure Tap™.
Designed by Chief Engineer Charles Hermany, the Reservoir and Gatehouse provided Louisville a 10-day supply of water when it opened in 1879. The historic Gatehouse plays an important role in the water treatment operations, containing valves that control the flow of water in the Reservoir. The three-story Gothic structure was designed to resemble a castle Hermany saw along the Rhine River in Germany. Some noteworthy features to view includes original, hand-carved stonework, dramatic wrought-iron stairways, and more than 2,500 terracotta ceiling tiles.
Visitors can also view the exterior of the Gatehouse anytime -- the walking path that surrounds the Crescent Hill Reservoir is open year-round from dawn until dusk.