Chicago’s Water Tower on the Magnificent Mile

on the Magnificent Mile

on the Magnificent Mile

The Water Tower on Chicago’s Michigan Avenue has historically been considered the most significant survivor from Chicago’s disastrous fire of 1871. It has become a symbol of Chicago’s revival and fighting spirit to come back from tragedy.

The Tower, built as a pumping station in 1869, was designed by architect William W Boyington. It is on the US Register of Historic Places.

Two other well known, though significantly more modern buildings, loom in the background of the Tower. The Water Tower Place is to the left of the tower, and the John Hancock Center is on its right.

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  1. Extraordinary architectural image. Love the symmetry..and how you managed to keep all of the lines from converging. A wonderful old building.

  2. That’s a beautiful piece of architecture! Great shot!

  3. Gandalf says:

    Great perspective. There are so many interesting visuals in this photo from the reflection at the base of the water tower to the shadows on the big buildings. Very nice.

  4. My neck kinda hurts thinking of looking up to get this photo. Your effort was worth it. Very nice.

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