Andersonville water tower on hiatus

Andersonville water tower

The skyline above Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood has seemed empty since the historic water tank above the Swedish American Museum had to be taken down from the roof in March after sustaining damage from this year's extremely harsh winter. The costs of removing the iconic blue-and-yellow tank, storing and assessing its future, and eventually moving ahead are staggering.

As a symbol of the city’s Swedish-American community, restoration of the water tank is vital to its return to the roof of the Museum. If that is not possible, any solution must include creating a new landmark that would honor Andersonville's Swedish heritage.

In addition to quickly organized fund-raising campaigns, Museum officials continue to plan special events and to work with neighborhood organizations and businesses in support of the project.

The three-story structure where the water tank stood was built in 1927 by Swedish architect Anders Norman for the Lind Hardware Store. The Swedish American Museum relocated to the vacant building in 1987, and the tank was painted to resemble the Swedish flag about 15 years ago.

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Tatty Maclay
Tatty is a half-Swedish, half-English journalist, translator and mother of four. She grew up in London, but spent summers in the Stockholm archipelago. After five years in her husband’s homeland of Scotland, she recently moved her family to Sweden and she writes about their new life for Swedish Press.