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Olde Town Arvada's Iconic Water Tower

History of its 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. 

Then what all happened?

The water tower fell into disrepair. In 1998, AURA temporarily took ownership of the site removing 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 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.

In 2015, the Tower got a facelift

Now it's getting a new lighting system. 

Identifying a suitable system that conforms to the City’s lighting ordinance, is able to be installed on the curved surface of the tower tank and uses the latest generation of LED lights proved a challenge, but once one was found, purchased, installed and tested, there is a lot of excitement regarding the tower's new system, which will enable programming around special events, holidays and other promotional opportunities. Staff intends to be selective regarding special lighting so it does not become commonplace.

Most photographed landmark in Arvada

What next?

Look to the Water Tower for indicators that something special is going on...