Swedish American Museum loses its iconic water tower

Severe winter weather has damaged the blue and yellow Andersonville landmark

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Swedish-American Museum water tower

Swedish-American Museum water tower Photograph: Kevin Zolkiewicz

An iconic Andersonville landmark, the water tower atop the Swedish American Museum, is coming down at least temporarily. 48th Ward Ald. Harry Osterman notified constituents in an e-mail this afternoon that the tower, painted in the colors of the Swedish flag, had sustained significant damage from this winter's brutal weather.


Osterman passed on a statement from the museum: "At the advice of consultants the tank needs to be removed. The Museum is in contact with the appropriate authorities, and we will provide updates as they become available." Here's hoping the beloved tower can be returned to its rightful place soon.


UPDATE, March 19: Ald. Osterman sent another e-mail to his constituents today regarding the tower. It is being removed tomorrow morning starting at 6am, and the 5200 block of Clark Street will be closed to through traffic during the process, which is estimated to take all day. Karin Moen Abercrombie, the executive director of the Swedish American Museum, also had an update on the tower's fate:


"We are doing everything we can at this time to repair the water tank so that it may remain in the neighborhood, but if the worst happens we will find a new iconic way to honor the Swedish heritage of Andersonville with the support of neighbors and friends like you."



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