Chicago Water Tower (1869)
In May of 1969, during the year of its Centennial Anniversary, the Chicago Water Tower was selected by the American Water
Works Association to be the first American Water Landmark in the nation. The tower was completed in 1869 and survived the
Great Chicago Fire of 1871. The architect was William W. Boyington and the tower is constructed of Joliet limestone blocks
quarried in Illinois.
Due to a slight jog in North Michigan Avenue,
the Water Tower looks to be standing in the middle of the Avenue
when viewed from a southerly direction.
Photo Credit: Cosmo Condina
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