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March 14

Free Presentation - Historic UH Water Tower

6:30pm Refreshments · 7pm Presentation
Grace Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall
3967 Park Boulevard at Lincoln Avenue (Entrance & Parking off Lincoln)

As UH celebrates its 125th anniversary, the University Heights Historical Society and the North Park Historical Society have partnered to host a presentation on Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 7pm about the historic UH Water Tower at Idaho and Howard in North Park. Refreshments will be served at 6:30 pm.

California State Parks historian Alex Bevil will discuss the fascinating history of the University Heights Water Storage and Pumping Station, one of the oldest operating facility of its kind in San Diego, having been in continuous use in one form or another since 1898.

His presentation is based on a pending National Register of Historic Places historic district nomination he prepared for the North Park and University Heights Historical Societies. The Water Tower and associated historic buildings will be considered for placement on the National Register of Historic Places on May 1 by the State Historical Resources Commission. The application notes that, "While the 127-foot tall, 1.2 million gallon capacity elevated steel water storage tank (aka the Tin Man) dominates the site, the district includes a 4.9 million gallon concrete water storage reservoir, pump house, underground water valve vault, and a caretaker's house. It also includes the site of a 17.5 million gallon concrete reservoir now occupied by a large neighborhood park.

The University Heights Water Tower located at Idaho and Howard still towers over the area as a highly visible landmark. Alex first became enamored with the Tin Man in 1989, when it was one of several historic resources he recorded as an intern with the City of San Diego's Office of the City Architect. Since then, he has had a varied career as a professional historian, including the successful National Register nomination of the Georgia Street Bridge and San Diego State Normal School Teachers Training Building. When he was told that the tower still hadn't been nominated after 24 years, he chose to rectify that by donating his time and energy researching and preparing the nomination as a contribution to both the University Heights and North Park communities.

RSVP (619) 297-3166


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