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Sunday, March 22, 2009

Monochrome Monday: Raleigh's First Water Tower (World Water Day)

In honor of World Water Day, I am posting a shot of Raleigh's first Water Tower which was constructed in 1887. The significance of this water tower is with its construction municipal water service was started in Raleigh, NC. Prior to that time water in the city was drawn from cisterns and private wells. It was later abandoned with larger towers being constructed throughout the city and is now used by the NC Chapter of the American Institute of Architects for its office following renovation.
To find out more about World Water Day you can visit this world water day site and, or this other world water day site.

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17 comments:

Aileni said...

Good choice and a good shot. My home town in Wales - sometime in the 1800s - suffered cholera epidemics because wells at the foot of the town were contaminated by sewage from the hill.
The same thing occurred in London and led to the clean water available today.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Interesting that water towers go back that far in time. I didn't know that!

Dina ... UK said...

I think it's great when old buildings are re-used....
Beautiful water tower, very good choice.

esnorway said...

good pic

kden said...

What a wonderful way to save a piece of history. They made great use of the building and your shot is superb in B&W.

Robin said...

It looks like a turret bereft of its castle ;-).

Catherine said...

An interesting picture, Carver.
The kind of curiosity that has become a monument of the city.
Perfect in B&W that reminds its old past.

starnitesky said...

Seeing an old building in black and white is just perfect.

Babooshka said...

I am thinking of dark satanic mills and the Industrial Revolution. We have no water towers here so I find this image intriguing

Daryl said...

This one is even more fascinating than the others ...

Carolina said...

That water tower is holding it's own next to that huge building. It is a charming view into the past and I'm glad it is renovated.

Congelato said...

A building in black-and-white, I like it.

Liz said...

It's used for an office!

Good choice for the day.

Samantha ~ Holly and Zac ~ said...

Nice shot.

Mojo said...

I should recognize this area, but I'm blanking on it for some reason. I'm sure I've seen this tower before, but never knew what it was.

Great shot!

storyteller said...

Interesting choice ;--)
Hugs and blessings,

Naquillity said...

Carver this is fascinating and a great capture. kinda sad that newer developments closed this one down. but, at least it's still being used for something. thanks for directing me to this post. i really enjoyed looking at this. have a great night.

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