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Olde Town Arvada's Iconic Water Tower

History of Use

The Olde Town Arvada Water Tower was built in 1910 as a solution to chronic water shortages in the area.

The water tower is 152 feet tall and is supported by six columns arranged in a hexagonal pattern. It once held 150,000 gallons of water.

It was decommissioned in 1977. 

AURA to the Rescue

The water tower fell into disrepair. In 1998, AURA temporarily took ownership of the site removing the tall, chain-link fence topped with barbed wire and cleaning up the base, which was filled with wild vegetation and trash.  The water tower was inspected to ensure proper structural integrity, redesigned, restored and painted. In addition to the tower structure, accessibility to the tower and a pocket park were added for further community enjoyment. Today, the park and unique plaza beneath the tower afford great views of the mountains where people gather for weddings, photographs, and picnics.

In 2006, AURA returned the water tower parcel to the City of Arvada to ensure preservation of this city icon.

IIn 2015, the Tower got a facelift which included spot cleaning rust and rivets, construction of concrete retaining walls on the Tower’s base shoes, cleaning and painting all metal work, staining concrete and polishing the center platform.

New Lighting System, New Use

In 2018, the lighting system on the water tower failed and a new one was needed. Identifying a suitable system that conforms to the City’s lighting ordinance, was able to be installed on the curved surface of the tower tank and used the latest generation of LED lights proved a challenge, but once one was found, purchased, installed and tested, there was a lot of excitement regarding the tower's new system, which has enabled programming around special events, holidays and other promotional opportunities. Staff uses this function selectively, so it does not become commonplace.

Water Tower Legacy

The beloved Olde Town Water Tower has become Arvada's most photographed landmark!