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Fort Sheridan Water Tower

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 28 October 2015 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

Apologies for my absence yesterday, but we had a family emergency.

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 1/250 second F/8.0 ISO 100 31 mm (35mm equiv.)

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tataray from Charentes-Poitou, France

Magnifique... superbe cadrage.
Jolis arbres.)

28 Oct 2015 8:58am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Spectacular vertical framing with the added splash of colour!

28 Oct 2015 10:06am

fateme@@ from Dezful, Iran

Beautiful tower and sky but I like the trees in this shot more.

28 Oct 2015 10:27am

fateme@@ from Dezful, Iran

Beautiful tower and sky but I like the trees in this shot more.

28 Oct 2015 10:29am

Anne from France

The tree in the left hand corner is just fabulous!

28 Oct 2015 10:38am

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

Impresive tower.

I trust that's all right.

28 Oct 2015 3:12pm

Phil Morris from Saskatoon, Toronto, NYC, Canada

Very powerful presence it lets everyone know at one glance.
Gorgeous photo !

28 Oct 2015 3:22pm

Don from Spokane, United States

A fine picture of this historic water tower. I like the brilliant autumn colored tree too.

28 Oct 2015 3:22pm

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Striking stuff. Dramatic viewpoint and excellent back story

28 Oct 2015 3:23pm

Tomek from PoznaƄ, Poland

Beautiful tower with the autumn around.:-)

28 Oct 2015 3:40pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A beautiful shot of the tower and the colorful tree. I marvel at the beauty of this tower and the solid adjoining building. It's totally unlike most buildings on all the army bases that I was served on. A lot of those were temporary structures built in WWII but still in use decades later. They were ugly and poorly constructed.

28 Oct 2015 4:56pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

I like the point of view and the inclusion of the lovely fall colors

28 Oct 2015 5:22pm

fereshteh. from Iran

Beautiful tower and beautiful colors

28 Oct 2015 7:42pm

Francisco Romero from Leon, Spain

Impressive view of this massive structure. Excelllent POV.

28 Oct 2015 9:04pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

This is probably the most beautiful water tower that I have ever seen. Not like the ones we usually see. It is so big! A wonderful image and great information!

28 Oct 2015 9:56pm

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

Those trees look great against that tower. Sweet shot.

29 Oct 2015 12:59am

Harry from Apex, NC, United States

Fine color, along with a subtle overcast sky.

29 Oct 2015 3:10am

L'Angevine from Angers, France


29 Oct 2015 7:05am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Beautiful red leaves with elegant tower.

30 Oct 2015 12:54pm