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"CHICAGO WATER TOWER AT NIGHT"
One of the most famous landmarks in Chicago is the old water tower which stands proudly on Michigan Avenue, sometimes referred to as The Magnicent Mile. The Water Tower is one of just five public buildings to survive the Chicago fire in 1871, and the only public building in the burned zone to survive.
In the years since the fire, the tower has become a symbol of old Chicago and of the city's recovery from the fire. It remains today as an unofficial memorial to the fire's destructive power and Chicago's "Yes, I can" spirit.
The structure has not been universally admired. Oscar Wilde said it looked like "a castellated monstrosity with pepper boxes stuck all over it," although he did admire the arrangement and movement of the pumping machinery inside. The Water Tower's castle-like style inspired the design of many White Castle restaurant buildings. The Tower was named an American Water Landmark in 1969.
This painting captures the beauty of Michigan Avenue at night with the Water Tower standing proud watch over it all. In 1918 the street was widened to give the Water Tower it's current featured position. This painting shows the tower in all its glory with the twinkling lights of the traffic and the city around it.
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