Water Tower © by Dawn M. Becker

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Featured in “The World As We See It, or as we missed it” 4-22-2012

Part of the complex erected for the Milwaukee Water Works over one hundred years ago, the lofty Victorian Gothic Water Tower stands on a bluff overlooking Lake Michigan and encloses an iron standpipe that originally served to relieve city water mains of pulsations from pumping engines housed in the lake-front pumping station. Modern equipment has made the facility unnecessary, but tower and standpipe have remained, little altered through the years. Long a notable feature of the city’s skyline and often praised for its beauty, the Water Tower has been accorded official landmark status by the Milwaukee Landmarks Commission and the American Water Works Association.
Work on the foundation had begun by May, 1873; and on September 14, 1874, the tower was put in service, though work continued through the end of that year. Total cost of the tower, including the standpipe, was $53,017.93.


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I find my peace while photographing
the beauty around me…
sunrises, sunsets, trees, flowers, animals,
the lake, architecture…
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Patrick Nagel, and I was doing drawings like his!!!

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  • polly470
    polly470over 2 years ago

    Such magic and mystery you have filled this image with…quite, quite special!

  • TY so very much Polly and for the fave…I love Victorian buildings!!! :o)

    – Dawn M. Becker

  • KBritt
    KBrittover 2 years ago

    Fantastic image -splendid post work!

  • TY very much and for the fave :o)

    – Dawn M. Becker

  • Carol Knudsen
    Carol Knudsenover 2 years ago

    Wonderful work Dawn!!!! :) x

  • TY very much Carol darling!!! ;o)

    – Dawn M. Becker

  • Thomas Eggert
    Thomas Eggertover 2 years ago

    Beautiful image Dawn…..Love the photo an d the texture you added…Awesome…:)

  • TY very much T and for the fave :o)

    – Dawn M. Becker

  • gail woodbury
    gail woodburyover 2 years ago

    Love this effect !..beautiful work girlfriend xx

  • Why TY ever so dear Gail and for the fave :o)

    – Dawn M. Becker

  • Josie Jackson
    Josie Jacksonover 2 years ago

    A wonderful old building and love your texture work :o)x

  • TY so very much Josie :o)

    – Dawn M. Becker

  • CanyonWind
  • Awesome…TY very much POPs :o)

    – Dawn M. Becker

  • Agnes McGuinness
    Agnes McGuinnessover 2 years ago

    What a great building, Dawn, and fabulous work from you. Love the texturing. x

  • TY ever so much dear Ms. Agnes!!! heehee ;o)

    – Dawn M. Becker

  • Sherri     Nicholas
    Sherri Nic...over 2 years ago

    Cool picture did a good job and great story..I wish I had more pictures of chicago and the ones you sent when I had problem one of the times with comp…I lost a lot and they must have been in..I just looked for them recently..
    Nice work..

  • TY so very much Sherri…I will go to Chicago again soon…probably in summer and I’ll get more shots :o)

    – Dawn M. Becker

  • Lissywitch
    Lissywitchover 2 years ago

    that’s a water tower??!! wow! Ours are so ordinary looking in comparison, this is fab :))

  • LOL…TY very much and for the fave…it isn’t in use anymore…just a historical piece now :o)

    – Dawn M. Becker

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