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North Grand Water Tower

North Grand Water Tower


HISTORY OF WATER TOWER:  This 154 foot Corinthian brick column, known as the North St. Louis Water Tower, is located at North Grand Blvd. and 20th Street in North St. Louis.  The water tower was built in 1871 at a cost over $45,000.  From 1871 to 1912, the water tower was used to create pressure to pump water from the Mississippi River at Bissell's point to the Compton Hill Reservoir at South Grand Blvd. and Arsenal.  It was taken out of service in 1912 when electric water pumps replaced the original stealm pumps at Bissell's point.  In 1929, it was put back into service as an air beacon.  After being threatened with demolition, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1970.


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Comments (10)

Kent Simpson
Realty One Group Mountain Desert - Tucson, AZ
Real Estate Is About People

Wow!  That's something really unique - and what a joy to see that it isn't graffitti'd up.  Thanks for sharing this, Ryan.

Jul 24, 2010 04:38 PM
Ryan Shaughnessy
PREA Signature Realty - www.preasignaturerealty.com - Saint Louis, MO
Broker/Attorney - Your Lafayette Square Real Estate Partner

Kent - I hope the Tucson market is going strong.  It is an amazing piece of architecture in a long gone thriving commercial district.  Lack of graffitti was a suprise for me as well.

Jul 24, 2010 04:46 PM
Richard Ruggaber
Metro Life Homes - Los Angeles, CA
California Real Estate - (818) 422-5035

Ryan:  Thanks for sharing such a great blog.  It's nice to see that it is protected under the National Register of Historic Places.

Jul 24, 2010 05:42 PM
Ryan Shaughnessy
PREA Signature Realty - www.preasignaturerealty.com - Saint Louis, MO
Broker/Attorney - Your Lafayette Square Real Estate Partner

Thanks Richard.  Protected doesn't necessarily mean preserved.  Unfortunately, St. Louis has several endangered buildings that are on the National Register.  National Register just makes them harder to be demolished. 

Jul 24, 2010 05:56 PM
Don Rogers
Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield - O'Fallon, MO
Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes

I like the water tower at Grand and 44.  I have driven by this water tower many times and have SOLD a foreclosure not too far from it.

Jul 25, 2010 04:17 AM
Juli Vosmik
Dominion Fine Properties - Scottsdale, AZ
Scottsdale/Cave Creek, AZ real estate 480-710-0739

Amazing how times have changed. 

Jul 25, 2010 06:17 AM
Ryan Shaughnessy
PREA Signature Realty - www.preasignaturerealty.com - Saint Louis, MO
Broker/Attorney - Your Lafayette Square Real Estate Partner

Don - I love the Compton Hill Water Tower.  It is lighted and fully restored.  Now, what did I say about staying out of the City my friend?


Juli - It is an interesting piece of history.  I would love taking the steps to the top to check out the view.

Jul 25, 2010 06:49 AM
Maria Morton
Platinum Realty - Kansas City, MO
Kansas City Real Estate 816-560-3758

Ryan, the North St. Louis water tower is indeed a work of art. It's fun to see one huge Corinthian column in the middle of a street!

Aug 01, 2010 07:19 AM
J.D. Real Estate Jeff County/South County 314.536.1062
Connie Bequette Real Estate - Arnold, MO

Drove by it only couple times....never knew anything about it...great post!!!

Aug 29, 2010 03:11 PM
Mike Jones
SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) - Tucson, AZ
Mike Jones NMLS 223495


Is the water tower made of brick, or is it some other material?

Mike in Tucson

Apr 05, 2011 12:43 AM