Oakhurst Water Tower

Debra Fedchin

Joined April 2010

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A study says that the water tower and attached farm building "are an eclectic combination of styles that include “Italianate, Federalist and Craftsman. Referencing a New England lighthouse with its obelisk form and wooden clapboard siding, the windowed tower is crowned by Italianate brackets (that) support a flat, overhanging eave that holds a smaller box-like windowed structure which provides the base for a 1 1/2 story, Federalist-inspired clapboard cabin-like shell that was meant to hide the water tank at the top of the tower.”

The age and exact purpose of this intriguing tower is unknown, but it was in existence when Florence L. Haupt purchased the property. Her namesake granddaughter (Florence Haupt Teiger) said that the tower was in a decrepit state even then, and recalls that her brother used to chase her up to the rickety tower steps when they were kids. She also remembers the sight of pigeons roosting at its top.

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