Old New York Gate Houses.
The old gate house which has stood in the middle of the road on Amsterdam avenue at 119th street is to be removed— none too soon, however, for propertyowners up on Tenth avenue have been kicking against it for the past twenty years.
In 1874 the matter was brought to the attention of the board of estimate and apportionment, but it is said they did not feel justified in setting aside the money necessary for the work. Besides, the bottom dropped out of the real estate market, and the people with long purses shut them up until better times would come. The better times have come.
This gate house was built in 1840, under the supervision of Chief Engineer John B. Jervis, by the water commissioners. It was part of the old aqueduct and connected the masonry with the iron pipes. A diagram in the office of Chief Engineer Birdsall shows the old gate house above ground, and the masonry below.
Mr. Birdsall, in speaking of the removal of the old gate house, said : The razing of the old gate house, which is of brick, with a shingle roof, has been in contemplation for a long time. Every other of these old gate houses on the line of Amsterdam avenue has been removed. Only last year the two that were at I42d street and at 134th street were removed. The aqueduct has acquired property alongside and out of the middle of the road. The new gate house here, in place of the old one, will be on the southeast corner of Amsterdam avenue and 113th street. The old gate houses, which were in their day very handsome structures, are now very unsightly indeed, and an obstruction to traffic upon the roadway. The new gate houses are alongside the old ones, only away from the road. They appear to be much larger than the old, and arc of granite, with tile roofs._
A joint meeting of the committee on fire, finance and judiciary was held in the city clerk’s office, Cleveland, O., to consider a resolution authorizing Director Herrick to purchase lumber for the construction of a working shaft for the extension of the water-works tunnel. Before the resolution was considered the Powell Steel Tunnel Company of Chicago, Ill., submitted a proposition to build a steel tunnel 13.000 feet long and eight and one half feet in diameter, connect it with the present crib, and lay it in a trench at the bottom of the lake for $550,000. the work to be completed by August 1, 1894, if the contract is given this spring. The idea is to build the tunnel on shore, float it out into the lake and at a given signal sink it altogether,