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The Bissell Tower is the design of William Eames, of Eames and Young (also responsible for Cupples Station and the Wright Building, among many others.) Standing at Blair and Bissell Streets only a block or two from the White Tower, it is 196 feet tall (the tallest of the three) and dates from 1886.

It's covered with details -- from the observation platform near the top, with inlaid terra cotta patterns, carved stone ornaments and projecting gargoyles, to its base, supported on rusticated granite with a balustraded balcony on each side. A series of triple windows on the main shaft follow the path of the spiral staircase within. Copper flashing and trim and slate shingles form a pyramidal cap.

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