Swedish Water Tower Soon to Return to Andersonville

A neighborhood icon will soon return to Chicago’s north side.

Edgeville Buzz reports that the replacement for Andersonville’s missing Swedish flag water tower will be put in place in the next few weeks.  Cranes have already been seen on location hoisting blue steel onto the roof of the Swedish American Museum to build the tower that will hold the building’s new water tank.

The Swedish water tower before Old Man Winter dealt it a death blow.

The Swedish water tower before Old Man Winter dealt it a death blow.

You may remember the old one had to be pulled down in March of 2014 when it was badly damaged by a winter so harsh, the number of people who moved to warmer locales caused a blip in the city’s census numbers.

The old water tank was 87-years-old when Old Man Winter finally killed it.  The new one should last much longer because of one minor adjustment: it will no longer hold water.

Yep, sorry to burst people’s bubble, but the new “water tank” will be as real as an Ikea succulent.  Here’s the building permit for proof:

THE PROJECT WORK CONSISTS OF REQUIRED STRUCTURAL REPAIR WORK TO AN EXISTING ROOF WATER TANK SUPPORT TOWER AND NEW WORK TO ALTER AND REPLACE THE EXISTING ROOF WATER TANK WITH A NEW NON-FUNCTIONING “FAUX” ROOF WATER TANK REPLICATING THE APPEARANCE OF THE ORIGINAL TANK AS AN ACCESSORY ROOF FEATURE TO AN EXISTING 3-STORY MUSEUM BLDG.

Most people probably won’t care, just as long as that stunning blue and yellow flag takes its place above 5211 North Clark Street once again.

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