Model of a white tower made of stone, with glass windows, resting on a wooden base painted green with green shrubs made of natural sponge. Tower has four small turrets at bottom, light and copper colored dome at top and stands 45.5 inches high.
This model of the Chicago Water Tower was made in the 1930s by Rex Petty, a Hyde Park barber, who displayed his models in his shop at 5521 Kenwood Avenue. Petty later donated this model to CHM.
This model is an exact replica of the Chicago Water Tower, constructed out of eight thousand separately laid pieces.
The Chicago Water Tower, which this model represents, holds architectural and symbolic importance for the city. Its architect, William W. Boyington,designed many of Chicago's prominent buildings during the city's expansion in the 1840s- 60s. Most of those buildings were destroyed in the Chicago Fire of 1871, but the limestone Water Tower survived. After the fire, it became a symbol of Chicago's survival and determination to rebuild.