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Fort Sheridan Water Tower

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 13 July 2017 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 June 25, 2017.

NIKON D7000 1/250 second F/8.0 ISO 180 27 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

Great set. The red sky in the background brings the drama to the picture.

13 Jul 2017 5:17am

Claudine/canelle from France, France

Rho.....magnifique embrasement ...
Bonne journée à toi

13 Jul 2017 5:35am

Wayra from Roma, Italy

Beautiful light indeed!

13 Jul 2017 5:53am

Martine from France

Magnifique ciel bien coloré.

13 Jul 2017 6:27am

Martine Libouton from Bousval, Belgium

Juste superbe !! Bravo !

13 Jul 2017 8:19am

omid from mashhad, Iran

such beautiful composition, perspective, clouds, colors & lights!
Lovely sky!

13 Jul 2017 8:46am

willy from Belgium

un édifice avec une histoire Steven

excellente composition et de bien jolies couleurs

une image de toute beauté


13 Jul 2017 8:59am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Great tower and beautiful sky !

13 Jul 2017 9:57am

beach from Oshawa, Ontario, Canada

Love the dynamic sky backdrop.

13 Jul 2017 11:18am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

a beautiful capture with great shadow detail and lovely tints

13 Jul 2017 12:08pm

Joëlle from France

Tout simplement magnifique et divin, compliments !

13 Jul 2017 12:09pm

Shaun from Thorton, United States

This is just magnificent. The light and color are superb. A fabulous image. 5*

13 Jul 2017 12:38pm

Gérard Flayol from Allauch, France

Oh ! superb with this sky

13 Jul 2017 1:17pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

An amazing sky here. The tower is quite beautiful, too. I remember seeing it on your blog some years ago.

13 Jul 2017 1:59pm

Remus from Portugal

Wonderful colors and luminosity. The tower is clearly a landmark in the landscape.

13 Jul 2017 2:24pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

What a spectacular sky as a backdrop to this commanding tower.

13 Jul 2017 2:54pm

Don from Spokane, United States

A careful exposure to get the tower and that spectacular sky together. Fine shooting.

13 Jul 2017 2:55pm

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

A splendid image. Thanks so much for the explanation...

13 Jul 2017 3:00pm

Devi from Chennai, India

Thank you for all the info.
With that dramatic sky, the tower looks imposing..
ehem..a bit scary too!!!

13 Jul 2017 3:19pm

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Very beautiful ! Splendid colors !

13 Jul 2017 3:32pm

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Amazing sky! The colors are gorgeous!

13 Jul 2017 3:41pm

Elizabeth Buckalew from Flagstaff, United States

Wow that sky is amazing, Steven!!! Even without it though, your composition is great. Thanks for the background - I like knowing the history of things!!

13 Jul 2017 4:23pm

Denny Jump from Bellevue, WA, United States

Absolutely superb photography and narration, Steven....as always ;-) Your work is really inspirational! I know I am in and out - here and there - and absent quite a lot, but whenever I make a "trip back" to see what's up on AM3, your work always brings a smile and a Good bt of education...I love the colors here, too...gorgeous!!

13 Jul 2017 8:29pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Interesting historical landmark photographed with a beautiful sky.

13 Jul 2017 8:42pm

Elaine Hancock from Olney, United States

Absolutely gorgeous. The water tower is so majestic. The sky is spectacular! It reminds me of an old water tower in Baltimore, Maryland. It is sort of similar. These towers are just so beautiful as compared to the round steel structures used today. This is a beautiful image! 5*****

14 Jul 2017 1:52am

Harry from Apex, NC, United States

spectacular sky dwarfing this classic structure

14 Jul 2017 3:36am

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Que ciel quelle couleur et cette tour fantastique

14 Jul 2017 3:54am

Anne from France

Great monument and what a sky!

14 Jul 2017 5:20am

Ginnie from Gorinchem, Netherlands

I love water towers like this, which we see all over Europe, Steven, each one different and with its own personality. But in America??? I didn't know such a thing existed there! WOW.

14 Jul 2017 5:36am

tataray from Charentes-Poitou, France

Ohhhhhh. .... magnifique avec ce ciel. )

14 Jul 2017 5:55am

L'Angevine from Angers, France


14 Jul 2017 7:43am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Oh boy that sky is absolutely magnificent!

14 Jul 2017 10:06am

omid from mashhad, Iran

Congratulations! :)

14 Jul 2017 7:32pm

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Wonderful, congrats Steven !!!

14 Jul 2017 7:45pm

Shaun from Thorton, United States

Congratulations. This was a cert for a Spotlight. Magnificent.

14 Jul 2017 11:26pm

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Toutes mes félicitations

15 Jul 2017 1:38am

Elaine Hancock from Olney, United States

Congratulations on the Spotlight Steven! Very well deserved!

15 Jul 2017 1:40am

Chetan from Gurgaon, India

Lovely sky and a charming frame

15 Jul 2017 2:47am

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

That is absolutely glorious with that sky.

15 Jul 2017 3:18am

Gérard Flayol from Allauch, France

Congrats Steven for this Spotlight

15 Jul 2017 5:54am

Behnaz Assadi from karaj, Iran

splendid! can feel the breeze in my face

15 Jul 2017 11:42am

Tomek from PoznaƄ, Poland

Beautiful image with amazing sky.

15 Jul 2017 2:32pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

Congratulations on your SPOTLIGHT! I knew it was worth 5 stars!!!

15 Jul 2017 3:37pm

Dimitrios from ATHENS, Greece

spectacular colours

15 Jul 2017 5:12pm

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

and Congratulations on your Spotlight !

15 Jul 2017 5:52pm

yo from Ile de France, France

Magnifique architecture sur fond de ciel flamboyant !
Félicitations Steven !

15 Jul 2017 7:22pm

London Caller from United Kingdom

That's a very tall one! Never seen one so tall like this in England, not yet at least!
The sky is mesmerising.

15 Jul 2017 10:45pm

Etsu from Kyoto, Japan

Great capture of the magnificent architecture. The sky is very beautiful and dramatic.

16 Jul 2017 2:58am

Martine Libouton from Bousval, Belgium

Bravo pour ton spotlight

16 Jul 2017 9:40am

Sudipto from Hyderabad, India

Stunning capture Steven! The clouds are lovely too! And it's a nice piece of history there... :)

16 Jul 2017 4:02pm

Olivier from Manage, Belgium


16 Jul 2017 6:52pm

fateme@@ from Dezful, Iran

EXCELLENT! Congratulations.

17 Jul 2017 7:04pm

Mirjam from Kyiv, Ukraine

Excellent. Congratulations

17 Jul 2017 8:13pm

Sam from Chennai, India

Beautiful capture of the historic landmark water tower. Excellent.
Congratulations on your spotlight. :)

18 Jul 2017 6:55am

Roland Theys from Loverval, Belgium

Wonderful colors and luminosity, bravo!

19 Jul 2017 7:19pm

Don from Spokane, United States

Congrats on your great picture.

21 Jul 2017 11:55am

Ehsan Hemmati from Kermanshah, Iran

Congratulations on your SPOTLIGHT!

21 Jul 2017 7:40pm

omar from Afghanistan

this is an awesome piture, incredible lighrs!

22 Jul 2017 12:00pm

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