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Built in 1932 and still operating today, the Washburn Park Water Tower is the most unique landmark in the immediate, residential area. It stands at 110 feet tall and resembles a fortress. Three men living in the neighborhood designed it: Harry Wild Jones (the architect), John K. Daniels (the sculptor), and William Hewitt (construction engineer). The entire structure is built with poured concrete—two concrete shells with a steel structure in between. Hewitt was the person to develop this technique and it was named after him (the "Hewitt System"). The tower replaced the first one at this location built in 1893. Daniels sculpted 18-foot "guardians of health" to protect the water from pollution, and 8-foot eagles perched at the top to keep an eye out for danger. The tower was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.


  • The Washburn Park Water Tower was built in 1932 and still functions today.
Kudzia, Camille. "Washburn Park Water Tower." National Park Service - National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form. October 6, 1983. https://npgallery.nps.gov/GetAsset/d8111878-fea6-44fb-8849-ea3053253425.

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