The Washburn Water Tower was built in 1932 by the Minneapolis Water Department. Located in the Tangletown neighborhood, the water tower is perched on the highest hill in the area and overlooks much of southwest Minneapolis. The Washburn Water Tower remains one of the most visually striking landmarks in the city of Minneapolis.
Architect Harry Wild Jones designed the water tower for the city. He lived for almost his entire professional career (1887 to 1935) in the neighborhood at 5101 Nicollet Avenue. Jones was also the architect of the Lakewood Cemetery Chapel, Butler Square, and numerous offices, churches, and homes in Minneapolis and throughout the upper midwest.
In 1983, the Washburn Water Tower was listed on the National Register of Historic Places, in recognition of its unique design and monumental sculptures.
Thanks to a generous legacy grant from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and dedicated Tangletown volunteers, Tangletown Neighborhood Association has created and installed a historical sign at the water tower. Join us at the Washburn Water Tower on June 18 at 10 a.m. for a light brunch to celebrate the unveiling of the historical sign! Stroll around the water tower, admire the beautiful garden maintained by neighborhood volunteers, snack on delicious food and coffee from Tangletown restaurants, and learn more about this iconic neighborhood landmark.
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