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Catalog Number 1987.039
Description Pulgas Water Temple by Elizabeth Cassidy, 1937. Oil on canvas mounted inside a brown painted faux-stained wooden frame with a white linen cloth inner border. Image depicts a rectangular pool surrounded by flowers and cypress trees. At end of pool is a round temple that consists of stairs, Corinthian columns and a round top. There is a hillside with trees in the background and grass on either side of the pool.
Object Name Painting
Collection 3D - Art
Title Pulgas Water Temple by Elizabeth Cassidy, 1937
Date 1987
Creator Cassidy, Elizabeth
Role Artist
Inscription Text "Elizabeth Cassidy" (artist's signature front lower right corner); "PULGAS WATER TEMPLE - 1937 - In 1934 a temporary Temple was built for the occasion and water was first brought down from Hetch Hetchy reservoir. Fields were cleared for parking 10,000 cars. Mayor Rossi and Secretary Harold Ickes were the first to drink from the water as it poured in. Water had been coming from a lesser source so when the gates were opened at Hetch Hetchy Reservoir a dye was put in it. When it reached the Pulgas Water Temple the marker flowed past and they drank the first, clear water from a source great enough to supply San Mateo County and San Francisco. Across the temple is the quotation from Isaiah: "I give waters in the wilderness and rivers in the desert, to give drink to my people." (note affixed to back when painting came into collection)
Provenance Hech-Hechy Reservoir
First Structure To Supply Clear Water To All of San Mateo County
Painted by donor.
Notes PULGAS WATER TEMPLE - 1937 - In 1934 a temporary Temple was built for the occasion and water was first brought down from Hetch Hetchy reservoir. Fields were cleared for parking 10,000 cars. Mayor Rossi and Secretary Harold Ickes were the first to drink from the water as it poured in. Water had been coming from a lesser source so when the gates were opened at Hetch Hetchy Reservoir a dye was put in it. When it reached the Pulgas Water Temple the marker flowed past and they drank the first, clear water from a source great enough to supply San Mateo County and San Francisco. Across the temple is the quotation from Isaiah: "I give waters in the wilderness and rivers in the desert, to give drink to my people.
Dimensions H-24.875 W-28.875 D-2.25 inches
Dimension Details frame; 19.5 x 23.5 (image)
Medium Oil Paint
Search Terms Cassidy, Elizabeth
Pulgas Water Temple
Hetch Hetchy
Water Supply - San Francisco
Water Supply - California
Subjects Oil paintings
Reservoirs
Water supply
People Cassidy, Elizabeth