Grand Water Tower, Repainted

I went by and photography the Grand Water Tower (yes, I know it’s technically a standpipe) and checked out the new paint job. It looks great. Compare it to my photograph of the capital in particular from March of 2019 to see the difference.

South Down 20th Street from the Grand Water Tower, Part 2

Back in January of this year, I took pictures of the east side of the 20th Street in the Hyde Park neighborhood, and in February, I came back, this time photographing the west side of the street. Update: The house in the photographs above and below was demolished in 2020. There are some masterpieces of…

College Hill in the Snow #14: Grand Water Tower, 9:15 AM

Update: The Grand Water was repainted in the summer of 2020. I once wrote that George I. Barnett designed the Grand Water Tower to look like it was the relic of a long-gone civilization, and with the way that the city has disappeared around it, his wish has ironically come true.

South Down 20th Street from the Grand Water Tower

Update: The Grand Water was repainted in the summer of 2020. I came to the sad realization that the entire east side of 20th Street in Hyde Park (some consider this to be College Hill, but I don’t) is abandoned south of the Grand Water Tower. In February, I photographed the other side of the…

Grand Water Tower, Revisited on a Sunny Day

Update: The Grand Water was repainted in the summer of 2020. The Grand Water Tower is still a sight to behold, even after all of these years. I have never noticed the bushes growing out of the capital before. I guess I also never noticed how many people have collided with the concrete pylons at…

Grand Water Tower

Update: The Grand Water was repainted in the summer of 2020. Also on the National Register, the Grand Water Tower functioned in the same way as its neighbor on Blair Avenue.  It’s interesting that the builders of the towers placed both in the middle of the street on roundabouts; it seems apparent they realized these…

Tower Rock

We made it out to Tower Rock, and it was worth making the trek down to the rural corner of southeast Missouri where it’s located. As can be seen from the above engraving, Tower Rock has been a sight on the river for generations of travelers, and I think about all the people who have…

Bissell Water Tower, October 2020

I stopped by the Bissell Water Tower after looking at the Grand Water Tower. It’s on tap for rehabilitation next, according to people I’ve spoken with.