Rockford Tower

Rockford Tower (HM8T5)

Location: Wilmington, DE 19806 New Castle County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 46.032', W 75° 34.475'

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In 1895, Theodore Leisen, engineer for the Wilmington Board of Park Commissioners, recommended that "a large pavilion and observatory" be built in Rockford Park on what was called Mt. Salem Hill, the highest point in the city at 330 feet above sea level. His proposal coincided with the Board of Water Commissioners' conclusion that Wilmington was in need of a new water tower in that neighborhood. The two boards merged their projects in Rockford Tower. Built between 1899 and 1902, the half-million-gallon water storage tank and observatory is constructed of natural field stone and is an example of the Italian Renaissance Revival style. Rockford Tower is 57 feet in diameter at the base, 75 feet high to the floor of the observatory, and reaches a total height of 115 feet.
HM NumberHM8T5
Historical Period19th Century
Historical PlaceOther
Marker TypeHistoric Building
Marker ClassHistorical Marker
Marker StyleFree Standing
Marker NumberNC-110
Year Placed2000
Placed ByDelaware Public Archives
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, September 5th, 2014 at 11:46am PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 450787 N 4402077
Decimal Degrees39.76720000, -75.57458333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 46.032', W 75° 34.475'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 46' 1.9200" N, 75° 34' 28.5000" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)302
Can be seen from road?Yes
Is marker in the median?No
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Lookout Dr, Wilmington DE 19806, US
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