Ypsilanti Water Works Stand Pipe

Also known as: Ypsilanti Water Tower, Brick Dick (Common Local Name)
Summit and Cross Sts., Ypsilanti, Michigan

Stone water tower

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Overview

Photo taken by Nathan Holth

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Description 

Located right between where two one-way roads split apart, this water tower is a good example of architecture gone wrong. This strangely shaped water tower has been called the World's Most Phallic Building by Cabinet Magazine. The fact that it is located next to Eastern Michigan University has led to the water tower being the subject of many jokes particularly those relating to college life. One such joke remarks that if anyone graduates from EMU as a virgin, the tower will fall.

National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on October 26, 1981
Reference number
81000318
Areas of significance
Engineering; Politics/Government
Level of significance
Local
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Structure
Historic functions
Water works; Public works
Current functions
Water works; Public works
Period of significance
1875-1899
Significant years
1889; 1890

Update Log 

  • May 17, 2011: New photos from Nathan Holth
  • July 2, 2010: Updated by Nathan Holth: Added description.
  • July 2, 2010: New Street View added by Nathan Holth

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