Jun 07, 2017 - Sale 2450

Sale 2450 - Lot 156

Price Realized: $ 2,750
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 4,000 - $ 6,000
(NEW YORK CITY.) Nine finely drawn manuscript street plans delineating parts of lower Manhattan's sewer network. Ink and watercolor on paper mounted to period linen, several of which bear the signature of Theodore Weston, Engineer in Charge of Sewers. The smallest measuring 25 1/2x17 inches; the largest 26x33 1/2 inches; defective with staining, heavy creases, cracks and edge losses. should be seen; sold as is. New York, 1865-68

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planning stages of new york city's nascent sewer system. As the city grew exponentially in the mid-nineteenth century there was an inherent need to broaden many metropolitan services. An important issue to city management was the need to introduce an improved, more sanitary system to provide a clean water supply and the means of wastewater transfer. Through difficult bureaucratic negotiations, industrious engineering and substantial labor this monumental feat was accomplished in the 1860's and 1870's. The sewer system is something a modern New Yorker can easily take for granted, however on even a cursory examination of the present exactingly precise plans, it gives a pause to comprehend the skill of the engineers who were responsible for the design and successful implementation of this singularly important piece of city infrastructure.

Six maps focus on streets surrounding the modern area of the entrance to the Holland Tunnel; two near the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge; and one in Little Italy: 134. Sewer in Madison Street Between Pearl and Roosevelt St's. 1867. 135. Sewer in Rose Street Between Frankfort and Duane St's. 1867. 139. Sewer in Walker Street from Baxter to Centre Street. 1866. 151. Sewer in North Moore Street Between Hudson St. and West Broadway with Branch in Varick Street. 1867. 153. Sewers in Hudson and Greenwich Streets Between Laight and Hubert Streets. 1866. 154. Sewer in Washington Street Between Beach and Hubert Streets. 1867. 155. Sewers in Washington Street between Hubert and Vestry St's. and in Laight Street between Greenwich and West St's. 1868. 156. Sewers in Watts Street between Canal and West St's. and in Washington & Greenwich Streets between Vestry and Canal St's. 1868. 157. Sewer in Washington Street Between Watts and Canal St's. 1866.