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Water Tower Coming Down Today. What To Expect.

The iconic Andersonville water tower is poised to come down today from its lofty perch over the neighborhood.  Clark Street has been closed between Foster and Berwyn since this morning but traffic seems to be moving along well. Cranes are in position on Clark Street to remove the structure while crews from ComEd and other utilities are in place to help  the process along.

According to a post on Facebook from Swedish American Museum: “we hope to be able to repair and renovate the water tower so it can once again return to the roof of the Museum. If that is not possible, we want to make sure that any new solution would include creating a new iconic landmark for our neighborhood that would honor Andersonville’s Swedish heritage. In order to do this we need your help! You can make a tax-deductible monetary gift of your choosing to the Museum’s water tower fund.road closed3

In an email on Wednesday evening, Karin Moen Abercrombie, Executive Director of the Swedish American Museum said “This is a process that most likely will take all day. During a portion of the removal we are asking that the street be completely closed off to through traffic. Though we hope it will be possible to keep one lane open for most of the time, we do not know at this point if that is going to be possible. The street closure will be for the 5200 block of North Clark Street.  North bound traffic on Ashland and Glenwood will not be affected.”

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It has been confirmed that the  Swedish American Museum will remain closed until Monday, but the Museum Store will reopen this weekend. Women and Children First Bookstore announced that the book signing event with Jimmy Carter on Thursday, March 27th will be held at the Museum as planned (see picture of facebook message at left).

Alderman Osterman sent out an email stating  “The collective goal of the Swedish American Museum, the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce, the 48th Ward office and community members is to see the water tower preserved. It is yet to be determined if it can be repaired and we will share more information as it becomes available.”


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