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Thursday, October 10, 2013

No better place to see the fall colors than from the Highland Park Water Tower

Fall is here and the vibrant autumnal colors will soon follow in the Twin Cities.

There is no better place to get a bird’s-eye view of those colors than from the Highland Park water tower. The annual fall open house will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, October 12 -13.

The tower’s observation deck provides visitors with a spectacular view of the area, particularly looking down on the changing colors of the trees dotting the Highland Park golf course below and out toward the Mississippi River.

In addition to the spectacular view from the top of the tower, the base contains blueprints of the building from the tower’s architect, Clarence Wigington.

Wigington is the state’s first African American architect, and the nation’s first African American municipal architect. Wigington worked for the City of Saint Paul from 1915 to 1949 and designed many other important structures in the area, including the Keller Golf Course Clubhouse (1929), the Saint Paul Public Safety Building (1929–30), and Como Park Pavilion (1934).

The open house is designed to inform residents about municipal water and the efforts of the utility to preserve and protect water resources.

Information about the utility’s water purification process and distribution system will also be available. Utility employees will be on hand to answer questions and provide information about utility services.

For more information, please contact Saint Paul Regional Water Services at 651-266-6350.

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