Witch’s Hat Water Tower

Photo of the Day
March 21, 2011

The Prospect Park Water Tower was designed by Frederick William Cappelen and constructed of concrete in 1913 at Tower Hill Park. It was given the nickname “Witch’s Hat” due to its green tile conical roof. It’s easily visible from I-94 since it soars up above the tree tops and has that uniquely shaped roof. For years I wondered exactly where it was located. I now know it’s at 55 Malcolm Avenue SE.

Directly below the roof is an octagonal Romanesque-arched belvedere with panoramic views of the city.  The interior of the tower is open to the public just one day a year on the first Friday in June. I haven’t had the pleasure of going inside yet. Maybe this year.

The tower is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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