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Monthly Saturday Opening – Water Tower Open to the Public
Open from Noon to 4pm. Admission $5 per person, children 5 & under are free. Water Tower & Park Society Members are free. (You must present your Water Tower Society membership card.)
Collection of 60 Historic Photos Introduced at Water Tower Sat. Apr. 7
A collection of 60 historic photos, depicting the very beginnings of the Compton Hill Water Tower, is being introduced to the public on Saturday, April 7, at 11:30 a.m. at the base of the landmark structure, S. Grand and Shaw Blvds.
The photo collection, titled “A Landmark Rises,” shows various stages in the Tower’s construction—limestone blocks scattered on the ground, the standpipe before being concealed by the walls, the Tower sheathed in massive scaffolding]. There are also glimpses of the rebuilding of the immense reservoir adjoining the Tower, and the gardens which once enhanced the Tower.
St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson will unveil six photos; each drawn from the initial 60, all of which have been mounted on the inside walls of the Tower, .along the stairs to the top-level observation deck. The enlarged photos, 14” x 20” were printed from more than 2,500 glass-plate negatives stored at the City Water Div. Chain of Rocks plant, until being sent to the St Louis Public Library for digitized preservation. Representatives of other participating groups—City Water Div., SL Public Library, neighborhood associations and a labor union—will also speak.
Following the mid-day Apr. 7 unveiling, the Tower will be open for touring until 4 p.m. Admission will be $5 for adults; $3 for children 6 to 12, and free to children under 6. Free parking will be available along Russell Blvd., on the south edge of Reservoir Park. The collection will also become a permanent feature available to all visitors who climb to the top of the 179-ft. landmark on the dates of public openings for the rest of this year.
Full-size reproductions of the historic photos will be available for ordering by visitors. Packaged sets of postcards, with an assortment of the images, will also be available for purchase.
Dates of Tower openings for the rest of this year, as well as other information about the collection, is available on the Tower’s website: www.watertowerfoundation.org. and on Facebook, at Compton Hill Water Tower.