North Point Water Tower

At the foot of East North Avenue, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Victorian Gothic Water Tower on the bluff overlooking Lake Michigan, encloses an iron standpipe.


Overview Looking West

The North Point Water Tower has been a fixture of Milwaukee's East Side since 1873.

Photo taken by J.R. Manning



Street View 


"Part of the complex erected for the Milwaukee Water Works almost one hundred years ago, the lofty Victorian Gothic Water Tower stands on a bluff overlooking Lake Michigan and encloses an iron standpipe that originally served to relieve city water mains of pulsations from pumping engines housed in the lake-front pumping station. Modern equipment has made the facility unnecessary, but tower and standpipe have remained, little altered through the years. Long a notable feature of the city's skyline and often praised for its beauty, the Water Tower has recently been accorded official landmark status by the Milwaukee Landmarks Commission and the American Water Works Association."
~ Statement of Significance, HABS/HAER Report July 15, 1969

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on February 23, 1973
Reference number
Architectural style
Victorian: Gothic
Areas of significance
Engineering; Architecture
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic function
Public works
Period of significance
Significant years
1873; 1874

Update Log 

  • March 29, 2013: New photos from J.R. Manning
  • June 27, 2011: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated Description
  • October 2, 2010: New photos from J.R. Manning
  • July 1, 2010: New Street View added by Nathan Holth