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Brookline reservoir and gatehouse named National Historic Landmark

The Brookline Reservoir of the Cochituate Aqueduct — along with its two granite gatehouses that are familiar sight along Route 9 — is one of four sites across the country that were named National Historic Landmarks this week.

The announcement was made Wednesday by US Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis, who said the designation will enhance public recognition and financial support for a property that has long been “hiding in plain sight.”

The aqueduct, constructed in 1848, is one of the most publicly accessible and architecturally distinguished examples of early 19th-century public water supply technology, according to a press release from the park service. In addition, its principle gatehouse is important for its use of wrought iron, which marked the “cultural acceptance of iron technology in public architecture.”


Along with the Brookline aqueduct, the other sites named as National Historic Landmarks include a home in Indiana designed by Frank Lloyd Wright to provide affordable housing, a covered bridge in Santa Cruz County, Calif., the Lake Hotel in Yellowstone National Park, and a conference center in Detroit designed by renowned architect Minoru Yamasaki.

Ellen Ishkanian can be reached at eishkanian@gmail.com.