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Fort Sheridan Water Tower #2

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 6 November 2014 in Landscape & Rural 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 19, 2014.

NIKON D7000 1/180 second F/6.7 ISO 100 87 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

It is like someone has got the paintbox out . . glorious seasonal color.

6 Nov 2014 5:12am

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

wonderful colors

6 Nov 2014 5:56am

Abena from Illinois, United States

this is so pretty Steven...gorgeous !

6 Nov 2014 6:24am

Patrick M. from Lille, France

Well framed with trees

6 Nov 2014 8:56am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Wow - stunning colour and composition and beautiful piece of history.

6 Nov 2014 9:42am

Jean-Louis Guianvarc'h from Valence d'Albigeois, France

Les couleurs de l'automne pour encadrer cette impressionnante tour. Belle composition.

The colors of autumn frame for this impressive tower. Beautiful composition.

6 Nov 2014 12:55pm

tataray from Charentes-Poitou, France

woooo cadrage extra comme toujours.
Les couleurs de l'automne sublimes.)

6 Nov 2014 1:01pm

Moridi from Tehran, Iran

Very nice composition. Superb.

6 Nov 2014 1:14pm

Etsu from Kyoto, Japan

Amazing autumn colors. Wonderful framing.

6 Nov 2014 3:00pm

francesco from Italy

très belle composition, couleur magnifiques...

6 Nov 2014 3:21pm

Slackwater Don from Spokane, United States

A nicely framed water tower. I like the way the water tower is beautified.

6 Nov 2014 3:45pm

Sam from Chennai, India

Beautiful framing and gorgeous autumn colours. The water tower looks great. Excellent. :)

6 Nov 2014 5:25pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

LOVE the way you framed our view with the colorful trees

6 Nov 2014 6:36pm

Francisco Romero from Leon, Spain

Wonderful natural framing of the tower.

6 Nov 2014 6:56pm

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

Beautifully framed between the autumn trees.

6 Nov 2014 6:59pm

aIDa from guilan, Iran

Symmetry is wonderful :)

6 Nov 2014 8:17pm

Olivier from Manage, Belgium

autumn is beautiful...

6 Nov 2014 8:18pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A beautifully framed shot. I like seeing the arch and colorful trees through it.

6 Nov 2014 8:28pm

@Steve Rice: Then you'll like Tuesday's photo as well. :-)

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Beautiful composition in autumn colors !

6 Nov 2014 8:52pm

Baldwin Vandewalle from Bejuma, Venezuela

Beautifully framed and wonderful colors ... Excellent shot !!!

6 Nov 2014 11:21pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

A gorgeous composition! The water tower has wonderful architecture. It is beautifully framed by the trees. Wonderful autumn colors!

7 Nov 2014 1:37am

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Quelle tour et vue entre les deux arbres colorés c'est merveilleux superbe compo

7 Nov 2014 2:44am

Harry from Apex, NC, United States

Fine fall color in this phallic composition.

7 Nov 2014 3:09am

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

Wow. You have stunning colours over on your part of the continent.

7 Nov 2014 3:16am

Anina Botes from Auckland, New Zealand

This is beautiful. Wonderful colors and composition

7 Nov 2014 5:09am

L'Angevine from Angers, France


7 Nov 2014 8:03am

Tomek from PoznaƄ, Poland

Wonderful color of leaves. Beautiful composition.:-)

7 Nov 2014 8:04am

fereshteh. from Iran

wonderful colors,beautiful composition.

7 Nov 2014 9:21am

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

Beautiful framing. Love the colors.

7 Nov 2014 10:03am

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

Great fall color that provides a nice complement to the building.

7 Nov 2014 11:38am

Graciel·la (Vic. Catalonia) from CAT. New European State, Poland

Great composition ! fall colors are wonderful !!

7 Nov 2014 6:16pm

maximage from Mase, Switzerland

Beautiful shot nicely framed. I love autumn colors!
Have a nice weekend.

8 Nov 2014 9:29pm

RBL from Oxford, United States

Beautifully framed with all those stunning autumn colors and great information too!

9 Nov 2014 12:23am