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Iconic Water Tower Will Once Again Rise Over Andersonville Tomorrow

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It has been a long journey and an emotional one for many, but after over three years the Andersonville water tower will once again rise to its lofty perch over the community on Tuesday.

Andersonville will sure be bustling with people who will watch the hoisting of the new replica of the old water tower which is adorned with the Swedish flag. The structure is scheduled to be moved from the Swedish American Museum’s parking lot at the corner of Foster and Clark to the organization’s roof at 5211 N. Clark St starting at 7 a.m. tomorrow.

The tower is expected to begin moving at 8 a.m. and be hoisted to the museum’s roof by noon. Clark Street will be closed from Foster to Farragut to accommodate two lifting cranes. Those interested in seeing the event are advised to avoid the East sidewalk on Clark between Foster and Farragut. The street is expected to remain closed throughout the day.

The tower, which was erected in 1927, fell victim to harsh winter elements in 2014. A thick layer of ice formed, cracking the base of the structure causing water to leak onto the museum’s roof. The museum performed routine maintenance on the water tower just a couple years prior, but that was no match for harsh Chicago weather.

Though they contemplated repairing the water tower, engineers advised against. It was then decided to build a replica instead, thus beginning an organized community effort to raise funds to once again erect the tower.

“Funding for construction and erection of a replacement was realized through large and small contributions,” the Swedish American Museum wrote in a press release. “An impressive $165,000 was raised and the remaining cost was covered by the Swedish American Museum.”

 

 


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