Highland Park water tower open house

Come get a birds-eye view of St. Paul and the surrounding area from the deck of the historic Highland Park water tower. The tower doors will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, July 21 and 22. St. Paul Regional Water Services is holding an open house at the tower in conjunction with Highland Fest.

The water tower is a Highland Park 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 Park 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 and 14 for the annual fall colors viewing.

The tower, which was designed by Clarence Wigington, was completed in 1928. Wigington, a City of St. Paul architect from 1915 to 1949, also designed many other important structures in the area including the St. 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. 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, contact St. Paul Regional Water Services at 651-266-6350.

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