Vinohrady Water Tower

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Vinohrady Water Tower
Vinohradská vodárna
Vodárenská věž, Praha Vinohrady.JPG
The tower
General information
Type Water Tower
Location 725 Korunní Street, Prague, Czech Republic
Coordinates 50°04′31″N 14°26′57″E / 50.0752°N 14.4491°E / 50.0752; 14.4491
Completed 1882
Owner City of Prague, Czech Republic
Technical details
Floor count >7
Design and construction
Architect Antonin Turek

Vinohrady Water Tower is a building in Vinohrady in Prague 10 which was originally built as a water tower. Today its architecture is acknowledged as culturally important although it is now converted to accommodate offices and apartments. The viewing platform at the top is 40 metres above the street level.

History[edit]

The Vinohrady water tower building was created in 1882 to house steam engines and an underground reservoir. The engines pumped water up from the reservoir, creating a gravitational feed to nearby homes and businesses. Antonin Turek designed the building while he was the municipal architect.[1]

The seventh floor originally contained a tank that could hold 200 cubic metres of water.[1] Initially this was pumped from the River Vltava until 1912, when the water source was switched to a plant at Kárané. The water descended from the tank to supply Strašnice, Žižkov and Vršovice with drinking water.[1]

In 1914 the tower's steam engines were replaced with electric motors. The revised system used water that was treated at a plant at Podoli and then stored in water tanks underground before being pumped to the top of this tower for use.[2]

Architecture[edit]

Today its architecture is acknowledged to be of national historical importance, even though the building serves no modern purpose for water supply, as the motors, pumps and pipes have been removed. In 1993, the inside was converted to accommodate offices and apartments.[3] The viewing platform at the top is 40 metres above the street level – once this provided a commanding view of the area, but today it is only slightly taller than the tenements that surround the tower. On each corner there are the statues of angels with clock faces between them. Below the clocks are four medallions celebrating Vinohrady.[3] In 1991 the tower was recognised as being of cultural importance and was listed by the Czech Ministry of Culture.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Water Tower of Vinohrady, stovezata.praha.eu, retrieved 14 November 2013
  2. ^ Vonohrady Water Tower, Prague Minos Guide, retrieved 14 November 2013
  3. ^ a b Vinohrady waterworks pump water directly from the river, Desitka.cz, retrieved 17 November 2013
  4. ^ Water Tower – ref 47348/1-2151, monumnet.npu.cz, retrieved 17 November 2013