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49 WATER ST

Architecture and History Inventory
49 WATER ST | Property Record | Wisconsin Historical Society
NAMES
Historic Name:BENTON WATER TOWER
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Reference Number:66717
PROPERTY LOCATION
Location (Address):49 WATER ST
County:Lafayette
City:Benton
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PROPERTY FEATURES
Year Built:1899
Additions: 1922
Survey Date:1976
Historic Use:water utility
Architectural Style:Astylistic Utilitarian Building
Structural System:
Wall Material:Stone - Unspecified
Architect:M. TschirgiGeorge Kirkpatrick
Other Buildings On Site:0
Demolished?:No
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DESIGNATIONS
National/State Register Listing Name: Benton Stone Water Tower
National Register Listing Date:1/7/1999 12:00:00 AM
State Register Listing Date:1/6/1999 12:00:00 AM
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NOTES
Additional Information:A 'site file' exists for this property. It contains additional information such as correspondence, newspaper clippings, or historical information. It is a public record and may be viewed in person at the State Historical Society, Division of Historic Preservation. This tower stands at 105 feet.

A coursed native stone tower structure that has a segmental relieving entrance. The steel tank and reservoir were added in 1922. The structure originally had a windmill which was removed in the 1930s.

The structure is architecturally significant because it is one of three examples of 19th century stone construction that remain in Benton. More important, the water tower has become the visual landmark that identifies Benton geographically from many miles away in the surrounding countryside.
Bibliographic References:(A) SHRS. (B) "An Historic Structure Inventory for Wisconsin," p. 283. (C) Fennimore Times 8/29/1996. (D) Beck, Helen, "Historical Account of Benton Town and Village." (E) Benton Advocate Aug. 1, 1924. (F) Shullsberg Pick and Gad, Aug. 24, 1894. Cuba City Tri County Press 10/8/98.
RECORD LOCATION
Wisconsin Architecture and History Inventory, Division of Historic Preservation, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, Wisconsin

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