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Encyclopedia > Chicago Water Tower
Chicago Avenue Water Tower and Pumping Station
U.S. National Register of Historic Places
The Chicago Water Tower.
Location: 806 N Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois
Built/Founded: 1869
Added to NRHP: April 23, 1975
NRHP Reference#: 75000644 [1]
Governing body: Local

The Chicago Water Tower is a contributing property in the Old Chicago Water Tower District landmark district. It is located at 806 North Michigan Avenue along the Magnificent Mile shopping district in the Near North Side community area of Chicago, Illinois. Located adjacent to Loyola University Chicago's downtown campus, the Water Tower serves as the Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau Visitor's Welcome Center. Contrary to popular belief the Chicago Water Tower is not the oldest water tower in the world, but is second to the Louisville Water Tower in Louisville, Kentucky. The 1866 pumping station located across Michigan Avenue from the Water Tower. ... For other uses of terms redirecting here, see US (disambiguation), USA (disambiguation), and United States (disambiguation) Motto In God We Trust(since 1956) (From Many, One; Latin, traditional) Anthem The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington, D.C. Largest city New York City National language English (de facto)1 Demonym American... A typical plaque showing entry on the National Register of Historic Places. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 400 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (683 × 1024 pixel, file size: 234 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) The content of this image was reviewed by Urban and afterwards uploaded by FlickrLickr. ... The Michigan Avenue Bridge across the Chicago River. ... Flag Seal Nickname: The Windy City Motto: Urbs In Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location Location in Chicagoland and northern Illinois Coordinates , Government Country State Counties United States Illinois Cook, DuPage Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 606. ... A typical plaque showing entry on the National Register of Historic Places. ... is the 113th day of the year (114th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Broadly defined, a contributing property is any property, structure or object which adds to the historical intergrity or architectural qualities that make a historic district, listed locally or federally, significant. ... Old Chicago Water Tower District The ChicagoWater Tower The Old Chicago Water Tower District is a historic district along the Magnificent Mile shopping district in the Near North Side community area of Chicago, Illinois. ... Taj Mahal Big Ben Saint Basils Cathedral Azadi Square in Tehran For other senses of this word, see landmark (disambiguation). ... The Michigan Avenue Bridge across the Chicago River. ... Magnificent Mile looking south View north from the foot of the Magnificent Mile The Magnificent Mile is the portion of Michigan Avenue in Chicago, Illinois extending from the Chicago River to Oak Street in Near North Side community area. ... The Near North Side is the part of Chicago, Illinois just north of the downtown central business district (the Loop). ... The city Chicago, Illinois, is divided into seventy-seven community areas. ... This article is about the largest city of Illinois. ... This article is about the U.S. State. ... A garden sign welcomes residents and visitors to Rogers Park as home of Loyola University Chicago. ... The mission of the Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau (CCTB) is to promote Chicago as the premier sales and marketing organization that promotes Chicago’s world-class assets to global leisure travel and convention business to ensure the economic vitality of the City and its member business community. ... The Water Tower of Louisville, Kentucky is a water tower. ... Louisville redirects here. ...

The tower seen from the Park Tower
The tower seen from the Park Tower

The tower, built in 1869 by architect William W. Boyington from yellowing Joliet limestone, is 154 feet (47 m) tall. Inside was a 138 foot (42 m) high standpipe to hold water. In addition to being used for firefighting, the pressure in the pipe could be regulated to control water surges in the area.[2] The Park Tower Park Tower located at 800 Michigan Avenue in Chicago ( ) is a skyscraper completed in 2000. ... Boyingtons limestone entrance of Rosehill Cemetery William W. Boyington (1818-1898) was an architect who designed several notable structures in and around Chicago, Illinois, among them the Chicago Water Tower, the entrance gate of Rosehill Cemetery, and Joliet Prison. ... Incorporated City in 1834. ... For other uses, see Limestone (disambiguation). ... A repair locker hose team aboard USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) combats a controlled fire on the mobile aircraft firefighting training device May 2, 2006. ...


The tower gained prominence after the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. While some incorrectly believe that the tower was the only building to survive the fire, a few other buildings in the burned district survived along with the tower.[3] But the water tower was the only public building in the burned zone to survive, and is the only one of the surviving structures still standing. In the years since the fire, the tower has become a symbol of old Chicago and of the city's recovery from the fire. Artists rendering of the fire, by John R Chapin, originally printed in Harpers Weekly The Great Chicago Fire was a conflagration that burned from Sunday October 8 to early Tuesday October 10, 1871, killing hundreds and destroying about four square miles in Chicago, Illinois. ...


Oscar Wilde stated the Water Tower looked like "a castellated monstrosity with pepper boxes stuck all over it."[4] Oscar Fingal OFlahertie Wills Wilde (October 16, 1854 – November 30, 1900) was an Irish playwright, novelist, poet, and author of short stories. ...


In 1918, when Pine Street was widened, the plans were altered in order to give the Water Tower a featured location.[2] The Tower was named an American Water Landmark in 1969. The Michigan Avenue Bridge across the Chicago River. ... An American Water Landmark is a landmark within the United States or Canada that is a historic location and is associated in anyway with water. ...


In 2004, the tower was featured in the finale of The Amazing Race 6. The Amazing Race 6 was the sixth installment of the popular reality television series The Amazing Race. ...

Notes

  1. ^ National Register Information System. National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service (2006-03-15).
  2. ^ a b Gerald Wolfe. Chicago In and Around the Loop. McGraw-Hill, 1996. pp.233-236
  3. ^ A.T. Andreas (1885), History of Chicago, Vol. 2, pp. 752 (picture of E.B. McCagg's Greenhouse), 759 (discussing survival of the Lind Block and 2 houses), Chicago: A.T. Andreas Co.
  4. ^ Oscar Wilde. February 13, 1882

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Located on the doorsteps of Loyola University Chicago, the Chicago Water Tower is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and serves as the Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau Visitor's Welcome Center.
Popularly claimed to have been the only surviving structure after the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, the Chicago Water Tower was built in 1869 by architect William W. Boyington.
The Chicago Water Tower is constructed of yellow sandstone from Joliet, Illinois.
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