THE TOWER OPENS AT NOON... GET IN LINE WHEN YOU GET THERE. WE MAY NOT ALL BE ABLE TO GET IN AT THE SAME TIME.
Let's celebrate the arrival of spring at noon on Saturday, April 5 with a full outing... a climb to the top of the Compton Hill Water Tower, a look at the Magic Chef House, a quick look at the Compton Heights neighborhood, PLUS a bonus neighborhood that you probably have not yet seen.
The Water Tower and Reservoir Park are located on Grand Avenue just southeast of the Interstate 44/Grand Avenue intersection. We will begin by climbing to the top of the 170-foot tower for a 360-degree view of the metro area that stretches from Illinois, down to the Jefferson Barracks bridge. Admission to the tower is $5. There are 198 steps and seven landings where you can take a breather. This structure predates the Americans with Disabilities Act.
After the tower, we have some stunning architecture in Compton Heights, one of the first planned communities in the U.S., laid out in 1889. The plan viewed nature as a neighbor and not as an enemy to be subjugated by some rectilinear grid, and it has broad, curving streets.
Finally, we can dip into a bonus neighborhood.
The fee for this walk is $1. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes and bring water. We will meet at the base of the water tower. NOTE THE START TIME OF NOON. See you there!