The western gatehouse serviced the third basin. Its exterior and interior is still largely intact, including gates, gate operators, valves and valve operators. One of NYC H2O’s goals is to restore the gatehouse and turn it into a visitor center. The gates were installed in 1889. The gatehouse structure was built later. Courtesy of NYC H2O

Gatehouses are so named because they contain large metal gates which can be opened and closed, allowing water to flow out of the Reservoir and into the distribution grid. The eastern gatehouse serviced the original two basins and is in poor condition today. Courtesy of NYC H2O

Built in 1889, the western gatehouse serviced the third basin. Its exterior and interior is still largely intact, including gates, gate operators, valves and valve operators. One of NYC H2O’s goals is to restore the gatehouse and turn it into a visitor center. Courtesy of NYC H2O

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