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Fort Sheridan Water Tower

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 28 October 2014 in Architecture and Portfolio.

The water tower was the main landmark of the Fort Sheridan military base, where it was part of a barracks complex. The base was commissioned in 1887 and was used by the United States Army until 1993. Built from 1889 to 1891, the tower was among the first structures completed in the fort. It was built with bricks made from Lake Bluff clay and designed to resemble St. Mark's Campanile in Venice. The bricks were creamy yellow and the roof was red terra cotta. The tower originally stood 227 feet high, which listed it among the tallest buildings in Illinois. A road which was once part of Sheridan Road passes through an arch at the bottom of the tower. Today, the arch only allows foot traffic. The tower held 90,000 US gallons steel tank for water storage. The tank could be accessed by a 225-step spiral staircase.

The water was part of the complex used in the aftermath of World War I as U.S.A. General Hospital No. 28, later known as Lovell General Hospital. The hospital was only in use from 1918 to 1920. In 1949, the tower was lowered 58 feet to correct a structural weakness. This brought the Fort Sheridan Water Tower to its current height, 169 feet. The tower's prominence has led to its use as a navigational landmark in the area.

The tower was recognized by the National Park Service with a listing on the National Register of Historic Places on December 4, 1974 under the name Water Tower, Building 49. On September 29, 1980, the building was listed as a contributing property to the Fort Sheridan Historic District, a National Historic Landmark District.

Photo captured October 18, 2014.

NIKON D7000 1/90 second F/11.0 ISO 100 37 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

La base en feu ces arbre en robe d'automne et cette tour superbe vue.

28 Oct 2014 7:06am

tataray from Charentes-Poitou, France

Magnifique angle de prise pour cette tour, parée de belles couleurs d'automne.)

28 Oct 2014 10:05am

Tomek from PoznaƄ, Poland

Superb contrast between the red leaves and wall of tower.:-)

28 Oct 2014 11:38am

Shaahin Bahremand from Tehran, Iran

beauty composition

28 Oct 2014 2:16pm

Etsu from Kyoto, Japan

Excellent POV. Beautiful autumn colors. Great capture of the magnificent structure.

28 Oct 2014 2:33pm

Slackwater Don from Spokane, United States

A fine shot of this remarkable water tower. It's history is fascinating.

28 Oct 2014 2:54pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A lovely shot of this unique water tower. They don't build'em like they used to.

28 Oct 2014 4:40pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

THe fall colors framing this view add a richness and beauty

28 Oct 2014 4:59pm

francesco from Italy

superbe tache rouge sur cette majestueuse architecture...

28 Oct 2014 5:52pm

Francisco Romero from Leon, Spain

The composition is wonderful, with such bright colors at the bottom. Impressive building by its time!

28 Oct 2014 6:08pm

Sam from Chennai, India

Beautiful picture of this historical water tower. Amazing details and interesting information. An excellent presentation. :)

28 Oct 2014 6:33pm

Patrick M. from Lille, France

Beautiful color of the trees

28 Oct 2014 7:18pm

LauraS from Chico, United States

Such a nice frame. Love the angle, the sky so cloudy/dark, and fall colors so bright entering us into the frame.

28 Oct 2014 9:03pm

beach from Oshawa, Ontario, Canada

Like the perspective, looking up, and the fall wreath at the base.

28 Oct 2014 10:26pm

Baldwin Vandewalle from Bejuma, Venezuela

A very impressive tower beautifully framed with the autumnal colors on the foreground ...

28 Oct 2014 10:43pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Beautiful tower coming out of the fall colors.

29 Oct 2014 12:43am

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Beautiful image! I love the trees! That is an impressive and beautiful water tower. I would much rather prefer that than those big tanks.

29 Oct 2014 1:06am

L'Angevine from Angers, France


29 Oct 2014 9:19am

Julie L. Brown, Photobirder from Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

The autumn leaved tree makes a nice foreground element for the tower.

29 Oct 2014 11:05pm

fereshteh. from Iran

Beautiful color

30 Oct 2014 7:26pm

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

Wonderful color to offset the ominous sky behind the tower ... good PoV!

30 Oct 2014 8:59pm