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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. 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. The tower was the only public building in the burned zone to survive, and is one of just a few 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. In 1918, when Pine Street was widened, the plans were altered in order to give the Water Tower a featured location.

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Comments (58)

Neil Aitkenhead on August 15, 2012

A lovely, striking shot!

pere oliver on August 15, 2012

hola,bonita imagen me gusta saludos Pedro

Brian Gymer on August 16, 2012

Like the photo Marlene,interesting info. Regards Brian.

~Marlene~ on August 16, 2012

OLYMPIST... Stathis... Neil... Pedro... and... Brian...

Thank you all so much for the very nice comments. I'm happy you Like it!

Best wishes, Marlene

►BOGDAN◄ on August 17, 2012

Wonderfully composed picture. LIKE 38. Best Regards.


Mónica✵ on August 17, 2012

Outstanding photo!!

Majka44 on August 17, 2012

Wonderful night view and fantastic light Marlene


Best wishes from Slovakia


duyhan on August 18, 2012

Stunning shot! LIKE-41.

Best wishes, duyhan.

~Marlene~ on August 18, 2012

Bogdan... Mónica... Majka... and... duyhan...

Thank you all again for the wonderful comments and the Likes, with special thanks to Mónica, for the lovely Y*. I appreciate it all very much!

My best wishes, Marlene

Giovanni Magni (giov… on August 18, 2012

Molto bella questa foto notturna.


Ciao,buon week end


KhoiTran on August 19, 2012

Very nice photo! Like!

~Marlene~ on August 20, 2012

Giovanni... and... KhoiTran...

Thank you both again for the very nice comments. I'm happy you Like it! Have a great week...

Best wishes, Marlene

Lady GooGoo La La on August 21, 2012

LIKE Very nice night shot great lighting Marlene googoolar!

~Marlene~ on August 22, 2012

Thanks so much, googoolar, for the very nice comment. I'm happy you Like it!

Best wishes, Marlene

M Caminhas on September 2, 2012

Very nice picture! Like! Greetings Guitim75

~Marlene~ on September 3, 2012

Many thanks, Guitim75, for the kind words. I'm happy you Like it!

Greetings, Marlene

Marin Stanisic on November 15, 2012

Excellent perspective, very nice night shot - YSL. Greetings, Marin

~Marlene~ on November 16, 2012

Thank you again, Marin, for the very nice comment, the Like and especially the Y*. I'm very pleased & honored!

Best wishes, Marlene

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on August 10, 2012
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    by ~Marlene~
    • Camera: Canon PowerShot SX150 IS
    • Taken on 2012/08/05 19:44:26