Reading Standpipe

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Reading Standpipe
early 1980s photo
Reading Standpipe is located in Massachusetts
Reading Standpipe
Reading Standpipe is located in the US
Reading Standpipe
Location Auburn and Beacon Sts., 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 (1890)
Architect Reading Water Co.
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 Park Service (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b "NRHP nomination for Reading Standpipe". Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Retrieved 2014-02-16.