Thursday, August 01, 2013
Water Tanks: Urban Menace or Historic Amentiy?
The Brewster Building Curse, which has a longer gestation period than a cicada, considering that the incident in question, the death of the structure's builder in a fall from scaffolding, took place in 1895.
excellent report by the Trib's Ellen Jean Hirst, Ryan Haggerty and Kim Geiger, a 2006 ordinance puts a 90-day delay on the demolition of water tanks to allow time to find a way to preserve them. [The article is accompanied by its own gallery of water tank photos, here.]
Tanks for the Memory, back in 2005, there were no fewer than 167 firms and individuals who submitted proposals in a Chicago Architectural Club design competition. The organization had gone to then Mayor Richard M. Daley to ask how architects could help solve the city's problems, and somehow it was not the lack of affordable housing, mediocre civic design or blight that the Mayor asked Chicago's globally renowned architects to tackle, but water tanks. And, then, of course, absolutely nothing came out of it. Even with a jury that included Pritzker-Prize winner Thom Mayne - who estimated the entries represented 20,000 hours of work - all those creative ideas came off the wall and into the dark recesses of a closet.
Mark T. Skinner West Elementary School. The tank collects storm run-off that is then used to irrigate landscaping.
While many water tanks have graffiti as their only artwork . . .
Tanks for the Memory