(Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, http://www.richmond.com)

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — An effort is underway to reopen Richmond’s historic waterworks building that dates to 1882.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that a group of volunteers spent Saturday morning cleaning the facility, which is known as the Pump House. The Gothic Revival building is on the north bank of the James River. The bottom floor has pumping apparatuses that once sent water to nearby reservoirs. The top floor has an open-air ballroom that hosted dances.

The building was decommissioned in 1926. The city still owns it.

The Friends of the Pump House, which was established in May, is trying to raise $350,000 to do enough work to secure a certificate of occupancy for the building. Joe Costello, the group’s president, says necessary work ranges from roof repairs to establishing water and sewer connections.