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Sunday, January 24, 2010


The old Water Tower building in Chicago built it the 1860's is one of the very few buildings in Chicago that survived the "The Great Fire" that almost leveled the entire city of Chicago.

The urban legend of the Mrs. O'Leary's Cow kicking over a lantern and starting the fire has always been the standing story of how it started but later was found to be made up by a newspaper columnist.

This contrast of the new and the old is another great example of old historic buildings thriving in the midst of some of our largest cities.

Dan

12 comments:

Simply Heather said...

Wow, Dan!!! I've enjoyed your last few buildings but this one is my favorite!!! AWESOME :)

_we_the_pieces_ said...

I definitely like the old/new contrast!
I remember seeing this building, and thinking it looked like Hogwarts... I love Chicago

Cynthia L. H. said...

Imagine, if the fire had not occurred, how many more might still be standing.

Suicide Barbie said...

Something old... Something new... Spectacular image!

Sunny said...

It's a great contrast between old and new. I love the architecture of the water tower building. I can't believe the number of windows in the new structure...glad I don't have to wash them!
Sunny :)

Dan Felstead said...

Thanks Heather...if you find yourself visiting Chicago...you will see the building...it is hard to miss!

Dan

Dan Felstead said...

Molly...you are right...this would fit right into Harry's world!

Dan

Dan Felstead said...

Cynthia...I imagine that was quite a loss back then without the adequate fire equipment. The fire spread so quickly because of the building materials of the time.

Dan

Dan Felstead said...

Thank you S. Barbie...there are often jewels set in among the newer buildings.

Dan

Dan Felstead said...

Sunny if it were me I wouldn't worry about the number of windows...it would be the height that was scare me!

Dan

Brett said...

what a great shot

Dan Felstead said...

Thanks Brett and thanks for stopping by!

Dan