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Coral Gables in Miami-Dade County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Alhambra Water Tower

 
 
Alhambra Water Tower Marker image. Click for full size.
By Marsha A. Matson, May 10, 2014
1. Alhambra Water Tower Marker
Inscription. This “lighthouse” which has never seen the sea, serves as a testament to Coral Gables’ early boom years, a time when everyday practical things could be turned into works of art. Built c. 1923, its design is credited to Denman Fink, artistic designer for Coral Gables. A steel tank was erected first, and then enclosed with a wood frame and reinforced concrete structure designed to resemble a lighthouse, thus concealing the less attractive water tank behind an aesthetically pleasing and architecturally playful face. Purchased by Consumers Water Company in 1926, the Alhambra Water Tower was part of the City’s domestic water supply system until 1931, when it was disconnected from the system and abandoned after the utility company started buying water from the City of Miami. In response to citizen outcry to save the tower from destruction in 1958, the City purchased it for a token sum, thus preserving this unique landmark. In 1993 the tower was extensively restored based upon 1924 photographs. The Alhambra Water Tower was listed in the Coral Gables Register of Historic Places in 1988.
 
Erected by Florida Heritage Site sponsored by the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-408.)
 
Location. 25° 45.15′ N, 80° 
Alhambra Water Tower Marker image. Click for full size.
By Marsha A. Matson, May 10, 2014
2. Alhambra Water Tower Marker
17.099′ W. Marker is in Coral Gables, Florida, in Miami-Dade County. Marker is at the intersection of Alhambra Circle and Ferdinand Street, in the median on Alhambra Circle. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Miami FL 33134, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Women Take Action in Coral Gables (approx. 0.2 miles away); Troop 7 Log Cabin (approx. half a mile away); The Coral Gables Golf and Country Club (approx. 0.6 miles away); Coral Gables Merrick House (approx. 0.8 miles away); Coral Gables Congregational Church (approx. 0.8 miles away); Site of Packing House of Coral Gables Plantation (approx. 0.8 miles away); Venetian Pool (approx. 0.9 miles away); Biltmore Hotel (approx. 0.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Coral Gables.
 
Categories. Landmarks
 
Alhambra Water Tower Park with Historic Marker in the center image. Click for full size.
By Marsha A. Matson, May 10, 2014
3. Alhambra Water Tower Park with Historic Marker in the center
Alhambra Water Tower image. Click for full size.
By Marsha A. Matson, May 10, 2014
4. Alhambra Water Tower
Alhambra Water Tower with Seal of City of Coral Gables, Florida image. Click for full size.
By Marsha A. Matson, May 10, 2014
5. Alhambra Water Tower with Seal of City of Coral Gables, Florida
Architectural Details of Water Tower image. Click for full size.
By Marsha A. Matson, May 10, 2014
6. Architectural Details of Water Tower
Save the Alhambra Water Tower Marker image. Click for full size.
By Marsha A. Matson, May 10, 2014
7. Save the Alhambra Water Tower Marker
Kendall Strickland Turner, Chair
Julie Petrella Arch, Rod Hildebrant, Mike McMcEachen, Claudia Bardasano, William H. Kerdyk, Jr., Matthew Mechan, Bill Bonn, Amy Kurell, Dan Queralto, Bruce Fitzgerald, Claire Frances Flanagan Whitehurst

The Save the Alhambra Water Tower initiative was formed in 2010 to provide grassroots support for the rehabilitation of the Alhambra Water Tower, a Local Historic Landmark. Sponsored by PARKnership, a 501 (c)3 nonprofit organization established to assist the City of Coral Gables with improvements and acquisitions of parks and green spaces, this group of volunteers raised $70,000 for the rehabilitation of the Alhambra Water Tower. This plaque is dedicated to these individuals whose initiative, dedication, enthusiasm and hard work ensured that the Alhambra Water Tower will exist for future generations.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Marsha A. Matson of Palmetto Bay, Florida. This page has been viewed 341 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on , by Marsha A. Matson of Palmetto Bay, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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