During my research for the water tower post I ran across some interesting info about a historic water tower in Chicago. I wanted to showcase it because it combines form and function in a way rarely allowed these days.
The tower was built in 1869 on the banks of Lake Michigan. A pumping station is built into the base, and the 154 ft tall tower provides supplemental pressure. It’s one of the few buildings that was still standing after the famous Chicago fire in 1871. It’s no longer used as a functioning water tower, but the area where it stands has become known as the water tower district and one of Chicago’s many skyscrapers is named after it. It was reportedly described by Oscar Wilde as “a monstrosity with pepper boxes stuck all over it”. If Wikipedia is to be believed, the castle design
inspired the White Castle logo. I had trouble finding good pictures because most were copyrighted and not available for reposting.
The tower also inspired this painting by Thomas Kinkade.