Washington Canal lock details and sections

Title

Washington Canal lock details and sections

Description

Henry Latrobe, an architect of the US Capitol, was also the chief engineer of the Washington City Canal. He prepared drawings of the canal locks in 1810, before construction began. The Canal was about one mile long and passed in front of the Capitol. According to Latrobe's early drawings, the canal lock located at 17th and Constitution Avenue was likely a vertical sluice gate. The lockkeeper would manually raise and lower the gate to control the flow of water in the canal.

Source

Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division. View original.

Date

1810

Coverage

Original Format

image of canal gates, Washington City Canal

Physical Dimensions

640 x 445 px

Description

Henry Latrobe, an architect of the US Capitol, was also the chief engineer of the Washington City Canal. He prepared drawings of the canal locks in 1810, before construction began. The Canal was about one mile long and passed in front of the Capitol. According to Latrobe's early drawings, the canal lock located at 17th and Constitution Avenue was likely a vertical sluice gate. The lockkeeper would manually raise and lower the gate to control the flow of water in the canal.

Date

1810

Coverage

1830-1859

Source

Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division. View original.