Chicago Water Tower

Type: Architecture, Historic Sites



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The Chicago Water Tower, built in 1869, is certainly a fairy tale design for something that was merely dressing for a 135 foot iron standpipe. Not only pretty and rather mysterious in a Gothic...  Read More


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  • Historic Sites: "Although the Tower gets all the drama with regard to the fire, you can still see char marks on the bell tower of St. James Cathedral at Wabash and Huron."
  • Best for Historic Sites Because: The Water Tower was chosen by the American Water Works Association as the first American Water Landmark in the US.

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