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North Point Water Tower
North Point Water Tower
Location East North Ave.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Architect Charles A. Gombert
Architectural style Victorian Gothic
NRHP reference No. 73000088
Added to NRHP February 23, 1973

The North Point Water Tower was built in 1873 and 1874 as part of Milwaukee, Wisconsin's first public waterworks, with Victorian Gothic styling unusually handsome for a water tower. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.


The City of Milwaukee was authorized by the Wisconsin Legislature to construct the water tower in 1871. Designed by Charles A. Gombert, it was built out of limestone from Wauwatosa, Wisconsin to house the wrought iron standpipe.

A pumping station below the bluff drew water from Lake Michigan and pumped it onward into the municipal waterworks. The pipe inside the tower - four feet across and 120 feet tall - served to buffer the rest of the waterworks from destructive pulsations from the massive pumps. The standpipe was surrounded by the stone tower to keep its water from freezing.

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