Reading Standpipe

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Reading Standpipe
Reading Standpipe is located in Massachusetts
Reading Standpipe
Location Reading, Massachusetts
Coordinates 42°31′52″N 71°6′21″W / 42.53111°N 71.10583°W / 42.53111; -71.10583Coordinates: 42°31′52″N 71°6′21″W / 42.53111°N 71.10583°W / 42.53111; -71.10583
Built 1890
Architect Reading Water Co.
Governing body Local
MPS Reading MRA
NRHP Reference #


Added to NRHP February 1, 1985

The Reading Standpipe was a historic water tower atop a hill near the corner of Auburn and Beacon Streets in Reading, Massachusetts. The 138-foot (42 m) tower was built in 1890-91 as part of Reading's first water supply system, and was for many years a significant community landmark. The tower was built of steel and wrought iron in a style reminiscent of medieval fortifications.[2]

The tower was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1985.[1] It was demolished in April 1999,[2] and replaced by a modern water tower.

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  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-15. 
  2. ^ a b "NRHP nomination for Reading Standpipe". Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Retrieved 2014-02-16.