One of the magnificent structures that survived the Chicago Fire of 1871 was the Water Tower. Many people never bother to go inside.
The pumping station is still operational and it is filled with gigantic water pipes. Some of the structure serves as one of the Chicago Office of Tourism’s Official Visitor’s Centers.
The Water Tower is an art gallery called The City Gallery at the Historic Water Tower. The exhibition space is dedicated to the work of Chicago artists and photographers. Stop in and enjoy the on-going exhibits.
Here’s a video of some of the Chicago Highlights around the Water Tower http://youtu.be/wlfh4jezIh0
The neo-gothic Water Tower and the Pumping Station across the street on Michican Avenue were completed in 1869 and designed by architect William W. Boyington. He was one of Chicgo’s most prolific architects of the mid nineteeth century.
The Water Tower is 154 feet tall. It was created for Chicgo’s municipal water system and originally housed a 135 foot iron standpipe used to regulate water pressure.
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