Saint Paul Water Regional Water Services is pleased to announce the annual summer open house at the historic Highland Water Tower. The tower doors will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, July 21-22. The open house is held in conjunction with the Highland Fest.
The water tower is a Highland neighborhood landmark located at the intersection of Snelling Avenue and Ford Parkway. Admission is free and open to the public. Visitors are invited to climb the 151-step staircase inside the tower to the observation deck. The deck offers stunning views of the Highland area, the Twin Cities, and the Mississippi River, providing an excellent opportunity for photographs and a fun family outing. The tower will re-open Oct. 13-14 for the annual fall colors viewing.
The tower, which was designed by Clarence Wigington, was completed in 1928. Wigington, a city of Saint Paul architect from 1915 to 1949, also designed many other important structures in the area, including the Keller Golf Course Clubhouse (1929), the Saint Paul Public Safety Building (1929–30), and Como Park Pavilion (1934). The construction of the Highland Water Tower includes facings of Kasota and Bedford stone and a riveted steel-plate tank with a capacity of 200,000 gallons. The 127-foot tower is still used today to help supply water in the Highland area. A collection of several original Highland Tower blueprints, many of which bear Wigington’s signature, will be on display inside the tower.
The open house is designed to inform residents about municipal water and the efforts of the utility to preserve and protect water resources. Information about the utility’s water purification process and distribution system will also be available. Utility employees will be on hand to answer questions and provide information about utility services. For more information, please contact Saint Paul Regional Water Services at 651-266-6350.
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