Monday, June 8, 2009

More St; John's Marsh

This unique building was once a lighthouse and has been converted to a restaurant. Or not? I think someone told me, the last time I posted one of these pictures, that what I had been told was wrong. In any case, you can see this building from St. John's marsh. The first picture was taken in January over the marsh and the second is what it looks like now. The other pictures were taken nearby.

Ah, here it is, the CORRECT information (I'd been given some incorrect info and have never stopped to read the historical marker, I am sorry to say):

Colony Tower

Built in 1825 by the Chicago Bridge and Iron Works, this steel-framed water tower was the main water supplier for the "The Colony on the Ste. Claire"; - a secluded residential community established in Clay Township in the early 1920s. The Colony Tower marked the entrance to the Will St. John estate, the home of the real estate developer who founded The Colony subdivision. The 136-foot tower once housed a 60,000-gallon water tank. Constructed with curtain walls and steel plates to resemble a lighthouse, it demonstrates the early twentieth-century penchant for disguising the utilitarian functions of highly visible structures. A light shone from atop the tower, aiding boat and aircraft navigation from 1925 until 1937, when the light was extinguished due to its high operating costs.

You can se more pictures of St. John's Marsh by clicking on the link below (label)

1 comment:

Jacob said...

Ah, Mary, I'm so impressed with your photographic skills! These shots are superb in every way - composition, exposure, sharpness, etc.

Thus, Lois Anne and I are awarding you the Honest Scrap Award, which, in spite of its funny name, is a serious and prestigious award and you deserve it!

Please pick it up at The Villages Daily Photo -

Congrats! And have a great day!