Tuesday, November 26, 2013

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THE HIGHLAND PARK WATER TOWER

The tower, which was designed by Clarence Wigington, was completed in 1928. Wigington, a city of Saint Paul architect from 1915 to 1949, The construction of the Highland Water Tower includes facings of Kasota and Bedford stone and a riveted steel-plate tank with a capacity of 200,000 gallons. The 127-foot tower is still used today to help supply water in the Highland area. A collection of several original Highland Tower blueprints, many of which bear Wigington’s signature on display inside the tower, which is opened to the public once a year.

On a clear day during the fall open house, visitors can see airplanes lifting off from the Minneapolis-St. Paul International airport to the south. The scene stretches from the Saint Paul city skyline on the east to the Minneapolis skyline on the west. The event provides an excellent opportunity for photographs and is a fun family outing. (Credit: City of St. Paul website)

Go here to see two more modern water towers across a parking lot from this Highland Park landmark water tower.

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27 comments:

  1. Water towers like this are not a common sight.

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  2. This is really a beautiful tower. Did you manage to enter it during the fall open house?

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    1. Yes, I did trudge up all the steps but the view was worth it. Spectacular!

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  3. What a shame the tower is not open more often as the views must be spectacular.

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  4. Wouldn't it be nice if they still built these? That is quite a climb!

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  5. Comparing this water tower with the ones that you showed several days ago says a lot about the changes in aesthetics, design, and public works during the past 100 years. And that was not intended as a compliment.

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  6. I love seeing these old towers. So many are gone now.

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  8. I was just going to say Kate..lots of steps to the top here, worth it I bet, will we see the results of your climb :)

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    1. Ah, don't have the photos; wasn't happy with the results. I was too busy enjoying the view to take careful aim of the landscape!

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  9. It is really beautiful. I would have to climb up at least once.

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  10. that's got to be the prettiest water tower ever! :)

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  11. You are going to have to climb up there again, Kate....we all want to see the view :).

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  12. What Tex said - THAT'S a WATER tower?

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  13. Great place to get the perfect view.
    I'm afraid my gimpy knee won't allow me to climb all the way to the top anymore.

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  14. I can imagine the view from top. A photographers delight !

    PhenoMenon, ABC Wednesday Team
    http://throodalookingglass.com/2013/11/temple-of-belur/

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  15. I still don't understand how a water tower works. Pretty though

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  16. never seen a water tower this impressive before.

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  17. Wow! How's that for an enduring legacy!

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  18. Wonderful tower. The art of design!

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  19. It's very different from the water towers I've been used to. I like it!

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  20. Beautiful tower.

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  21. The tower is very impressive and I also enjoyed your reading list. Waiting for the next Jeffrey Archer in the current series....

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  22. This one is quite different from the modern ones, but both have their own charm.

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  23. I must say that is the prettiest water tower I've ever seen!
    Happy Thanksgiving!
    Lea

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  24. For a watertower, this is a fancy design! Glad you caught it! Happy thanksgiving:)

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  25. This water tower sure beats the ones we have in my town! Happy Thanksgiving!

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