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Andersonville Shocked About Iconic Water Tower’s Demise

photo_225x300bc6038It was sadly announced on Monday by the Swedish American Museum that the iconic water tower that has long been a symbol of the neighborhood will be coming down. Located at 5011 N. Clark St. in Andersonville, the water tower is perched atop the museum and became famous about a decade ago when the Swedish flag was painted on it, cleverly marking the neighborhoods roots. Due to a very severe winter, the tower maintained significant damage and inspectors told the property owners that it would have to be removed. According to a Tribune article, Executive Director Karen Abercrombie stated that the severe cold caused the water in the tank to freeze compromising the structure.

Abercrombie also said about the water tower, “We believe it’s been there as long as the building, since 1927. It’s part of the Andersonville historic district. Everybody likes the water tower, and we do too. But safety comes first.”

The Swedish American Museum’s website released a statement that because of the situation,  the museum will be closed to the public until the water tower is removed. All events will be cancelled until the museum reopens.

“This water tower has been an icon of the neighborhood for years now,” said Ellen Shepard, Executive Director of the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce. “It has symbolized Andersonville and its cultural heritage.”

The tower will have to come down quickly, within the next couple days according to reports. Upon its removal, the Museum will reopen for business with regularly scheduled events. Still in question, if it will be in time for next weeks’s Jimmy Carter appearance. There has also been no information on possible street closures for the removal.

Unfortunately after its removal there will be a void. Ellen Shepard admitted, ” We have had a large amount of activity on Facebook about what the residents can do about a replacement or memorial. Andersonville is full of creative people and we will come up with some great ideas and solutions.”


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