The other day I walked into my favorite store on Michigan Ave which is gift shop with books and other assorted items about art and architecture . I purchased a deck of cards called " Great Buildings of Chicago" printed by the Chicago Historical Society that has identified 48 buildings in the city that survived the great Chicago Fire or were built afterword but are significant to the development of Chicago as a city. Over the next 48 days I will write about one of these buildings .
The water tower buildings located at 806-811 North Michigan Ave are two Gothic Style building built from Lemont Limestone known for its yellow patina . These towers are one of the few buildings that survived the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.
These water towers were designed by William W . Biting ton and were originally used to stabilize the water pressure from an adjacent pumping station . The location of these towers is where the Magnificent mile begins.