Rare Hoboken sight: Weehawken water tower

Mighty Weehawken Water Tower not seen by many in Hoboken

You’d think that a structure almost 18 stories tall – with it’s apex nearly 350 feet above sea level – just 1.3 miles away from Hoboken would be easily seen.

That’s not the case with the Weehawken Water Tower located at 41st Street just up the hill to our north.

About 99.9% of street level locations in Hoboken cannot see this structure.

However, there are a few places in town that can – and here’s what it looks like:

Weehawken Water Tower from Hoboken NJ

Built in the 1800’s, Weehawken Water Tower used to serve Hoboken

The Weehawken Water Tower was built in 1883 – and used a gravity-fed system to deliver water to Union City, Weehawken and Hoboken. You can bet that some of the pipes currently in use around the Mile Square are probably the original!

This tower held over 165,000 gallons of water, and was designed by architect Frederick Clarke Withers, and was modeled after the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, Italy. To me, it looks more like one of those Medieval Times establishments, but that shows you my knowledge of structural history!

But if you mill around the city of Hoboken – it’s nice to stumble upon these oddities!

Weehawken Water Tower in the distance from Hoboken NJ

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Tuesday, September 13, 2011 5:19 pm

Very interesting trivia, thanks! Most people are so obsessed with their social networking and probably wouldn’t notice it if they walked right under it.

Angry Bird
Angry Bird
Tuesday, September 13, 2011 11:25 am

411, I guess since Florence was so influential at the height of the Middle Ages, and a Palazzo in Florence is a model for this water tower, then the design of both this tower and Medieval Times are influenced by pretty much the same architecture.

Never noticed this thing though. Interesting.

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