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Henry Huson Water Tower

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1887. Opposite 405 Collins St., Henry H. Huson Park

Across from the Queen Anne house built for Henry Huson in 1871 stands the picturesque two-story water tower that Huson built to provide running water for his family. Each level of the wooden structure is clad in a different fashion. The first story is board-and-batten, terminating with semicircular arches. A wide horizontal band of drop siding divides this level from the narrower clapboards of the second story. Small pediments give the structure a formal flair. A multifaceted cupola with a cross-gabled roof rises atop the low-pitched hipped roof. The windmill once atop the cupola is gone. The windmill pumped water to the house, where it was stored in second-story reservoirs and released through a gravity-flow system. Six water towers like this one stood in Plymouth in the 1890s, but this is the only survivor.

Writing Credits

Marsha Weisiger et al.


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Marsha Weisiger et al., "Henry Huson Water Tower", [Plymouth, Wisconsin], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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Buildings of Wisconsin

Buildings of Wisconsin, Marsha Weisiger and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2017, 269-269.

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