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Wedding marks first event at historic PumpHouse restaurant

By Camille Doty
Oct. 23, 2011 at 5:23 a.m.

Dan Pedone and Cindy Whisenant's wedding is the first event at the newly renovated PumpHouse Riverside Restaurant. They wed Saturday evening on the deck overlooking the Guadalupe River.

Did you know?

The land where the old pump house stands is a part of the Four League Grant to the corporation of the town of Victoria by Sam Houston, president of the Republic of Texas, dated Dec. 20, 1841.

Timeline of the pump house

Dec. 20, 1841 - The land where the old pump house stands is a part of the Four League Grant to the Corporation of the Town of Victoria by Sam Houston President of the Republic of Texas.

1885 - William Wheeler is hired as superintendent of water works.

1895 - (approximate) Jacob Henry Fox Jr., also known as "Noonie" Fox, begins his job as an engineer for the water works.

1908 - The first underground storage tank (reservoir) - 100 feet in diameter - is built by Frank Reuben Rockwell, a resident of Decatur, Ill. It had a wooden top, which later was replaced by concrete, is still standing at this date.

April 1909 - City council votes to connect city hall and all public watering places to the sewer.

May 1909 - William Wheeler, the water and sewer superintendent, reports there were 616 water connections and 163 sewer connections in the city.

Dec. 12, 1986 - Portions of this property is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as "City of Victoria Pumping Plant/Waterworks."

March 17, 2010 - The property, 1201 W. Stayton Ave., is sold to Dennis and Louise Hull Patillo.

Cindy (Whisenant) Pedone began a new chapter on her wedding day at the PumpHouse Riverside Restaurant.

The new bride can't help but to think about her ties to the place.

"When I think back on my family's ties to the pump house and the history of the facility, this moment of my life seems quite surreal," she said.

The bride's great-grandfather, Jacob Henry Fox Jr., or "Noonie" Fox, was an engineer at the pump house for almost 50 years.

The pump house was the center of Victoria's water system from about 1895 to 1965 and remained in the city's possession until Dennis and Louise Hull Patillo acquired the property March 17, 2010.

The Patillos rehabbed the historic landmark to become a restaurant.

The construction project was a labor of love. The formerly run-down building had no water or gas service. The interior and exterior were painted, and new window panes were installed. The Patillos have added some contemporary flair with the lighting fixtures and decor, but the historic structure remains the soul of the restaurant.

The Pedone-Whisenant wedding was the first event at the venue, which will not be opened to the public until November. The restaurant will serve American cuisine.

Hull Patillo said she's grateful her friends chose the establishment to have their ceremony.

"We'd be happy to attend their wedding anywhere," she said. "It's special that they shared the experience with us."

Dan and Cindy Pedone held the ceremony on the deck overlooking the Guadalupe River. Family and friends roared with applause.

During the toast, the groom said, "it's a beautiful venue. ... They did such a great job."

Pedone's son, Anthony Pedone, also showed his appreciation to the hosting family.

"We're so glad to be the first toast and the first wedding at the PumpHouse," he said.

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