Old Water Tower Ornament
Completed in 1869, the Chicago Water Tower is one of only five local buildings still standing that predate the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. The water tower was designed by William W. Boyington and is constructed of limestone quarried locally in Joliet, Illinois. The tower is 154 feet (47 m) tall and when originally constructed held inside a 138-foot (42 m) high standpipe to hold water, used fighting fires. The pressure in the pipe could also be regulated to control water surges in the area. To mark the tower's centennial anniversary, the American Water Works Association named the Water Tower its First American Water Landmark. This souvenir glass ornament makes the perfect memento from a visit to Chicago's Magnificent Mile.