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Witch's Hat Water Tower, Prospect Park; Minneapolis

The "Witch's Hat" water tower is in Prospect Park, (known as Tower Hill park), the highest natural land area in the city of Minneapolis. Along with the Kenwood and Washburn water towers in Minneapolis, the Prospect Park water tower is one of the few original water towers standing today in the Twin Cities area. The 110-foot Prospect Park Water Tower was built in 1913 with a holding capacity of 150,000 gallons. What was its second purpose? Prospect Park Water Tower was also built to be a bandstand; however, there was only one concert in the band shell because the musicians experienced difficulty in carrying their instruments up the inside spiral staircase. [Source of this information is the City's website celebrating 150 years of history. Witch's hat Water Tower, Prospect Park Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1955 the tower was hit by lightning and sustained substantial roof damage. The city subsequently scheduled it for demolition, but our neighborhood successfully appealed to the city's Department of Public Works to preserve it. Damaged roof tiles were replaced with copper ones that had acid etchings to match the existing tiles. In 1986 the tower underwent major renovation for its preservation. An article in Southeast Newspaper, November, 1986, Volume 12, Number 8 by Bob Dull, described the project slated for completion in December. Much of the wooden roof underneath the tiles had rotted. The deteriorating roof would be repaired, and 10% of the roof tiles would be replaced; new ceramic green tiles would be manufactured in the original patterns. At the time, each new tile cost $13.85. The result was an estimated new life of another 100 years.

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Minneapolis, MN.

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  • Uploaded on October 31, 2014
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    by Ragged Kompany
    • Camera: Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XTi
    • Taken on 2014/10/19 02:13:51
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