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New Water Tower To Make Triumphant Return To Andersonville

 

Though a relatively recent symbol of the Andersonville neighborhood, the Swedish flag painted water tower has been sadly missed. But the triumphant return of the iconic structure will once again grace the top of the Swedish American Museum at 5211 N. Clark.

This morning, the steel that will be used to construct the new water tower, was delivered to the museum’s parking lot. According to Swedish American Museum Executive Director Karin Moen Abercrombie, they are hoping to have the tower perched atop their building within the next two-four weeks. The tower itself will start being assembled this week through next.

“We are all very excited to have the Water Tower return to the roof of the Swedish American Museum’s building,” said  Karin Moen Abercrombie. “It wouldn’t be possible without the support of our whole community and we believe it is a great celebration for all of Andersonville.”

The tower, which was erected in 1927, fell victim to the harsh winter elements. 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 $150,000 in funds to once again erect the tower.

In true Andersonville community spirit, the money was successfully raised. Now comes the final phase after year’s of an organized effort.

Abercrombie promises a big celebration the day the tower is installed on the roof and possibly a follow-up party.


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