Western Springs Water Tower

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Western Springs Water Tower
Western Springs Water Tower is located in Illinois
Western Springs Water Tower
Western Springs Water Tower is located in the US
Western Springs Water Tower
Location 914 Hillgrove Ave., Western Springs, Illinois
Coordinates 41°48′35″N 87°54′3″W / 41.80972°N 87.90083°W / 41.80972; -87.90083Coordinates: 41°48′35″N 87°54′3″W / 41.80972°N 87.90083°W / 41.80972; -87.90083
Area 0 acres (0 ha)
Built 1892
Architect Benzette Williams
NRHP Reference # 81000219[1]
Added to NRHP June 04, 1981

The Western Springs Water Tower is a museum and former water tower in Western Springs, Illinois. The stone tower is 112.5 feet (34.3 m) tall and 36.5 feet (11.1 m) in diameter. Construction on the tower began in 1892 and finished in 1893. Civil engineers Benzette Williams, Edgar Williams, and Ethan Philbrick designed the tower. In addition to holding water, the tower originally held the Western Springs police department, jail, and municipal offices. The village services all left the tower in 1968, and the Western Springs Historical Society opened a village museum in the tower two years later.[2] In 1991, a lightning strike set the tower on fire, destroying the water tank; the museum reopened in 1993 after extensive rehabilitation efforts. The water tower is considered a symbol of Western Springs by residents, and multiple businesses and local organizations have taken their names from the tower.[3]

The water tower was added to the National Register of Historic Places on June 4, 1981.[1]


  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ "Tower Museum". Western Springs Historical Society. Archived from the original on January 8, 2014. Retrieved January 14, 2014. 
  3. ^ Presecky, William (October 11, 1993). "Town's Renovated Water Tower Stands Tall". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved January 14, 2014.