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Grand Avenue Water Tower

The White Tower was, for many years, lit at night as a neighborhood landmark. In 1998, funds from the Gateway Foundation and the city re-lit the White Tower and the neighboring Bissel Tower. A similar project had returned lighting to the Compton Hill tower two years before.

As seen here, the tower's exterior is not in the best of shape. Rust marks the cast-iron capital, and the red color of the bricks in the main shaft is showing from beneath their stucco covering. The circle surrounding it, once lined solid with buildings, is now mostly vacant.

The tower, however, is still impressive through sheer mass alone. It dwarfs both pedestrians and the cars that circle around it on East Grand, a sense that the lower photograph doesn't convey as strongly as a real-life visit.

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