Kalamazoo Psychiatric Hospital Steel Water Tower

North of Howard Street and West of Oakland Drive

Riveted steel water tower with built-up support beams.



Photo taken by Nathan Holth



Water tower demolition

KPH Steel water tower demolition in Kalamazoo Mi.

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This was a riveted steel water tower that was located in the remains of the Kalamazoo Psychiatric Hospital (now Kalamazoo State Hospital) The tower supports were traditionally composed with built-up support beams (which include attractive v-lacing) and pin-connected support bracing connections. The tank was a more modern design and it is not known if it was original or simply an early example of the design. The tower may have been built by the Chicago Bridge and Iron Works (Also Called Chicago Bridge and Iron Company), which appears to have patented designs on water towers and built a majority of such water towers in the Midwest, particularly in the 1920s and 1930s.

The steel tower was demolished sometime after 2008.

The tower was located a short distance from the more familiar brick Kalamazoo Water Tower, which remains today.

Update Log 

  • November 3, 2010: New photo from Nathan Holth
  • July 1, 2010: Added by Nathan Holth