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Bissell Water Tower

On the National Register of Historic Places, the Bissell Water Tower dominates a small traffic circle in the northern edge of the Hyde Park neighborhood.

Described as “Moorish Revival” on the City of St. Louis’s Water Department page, I would argue that it is much more inspired by the campanile of Venice, with a little Romanesque Revival tossed in at the bottom.

Regardless, the original function, to level out water pressure from spikes produced by steam engines pumping water up from the Bissell Point water treatment facility, it still serves as a poignant landmark in a neighborhood beset by many problems.

On a lighter note, I didn’t realize until I had gotten home that I had captured some pigeons roosting in the windows of the tower.

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