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North Park water tower gets historic designation

(This post was originally published HERE on San Diego Uptown News.)

SAN DIEGO -- The State Historical Resources Commission approved listing the iconic North Park water tower and all related building to the California Register of Historical Resources in a unanimous decision May 1.

Located at 4326 Idaho St., the water tower and surrounding areas are officially called the University Heights Water Storage and Pumping Station Historic District.

The North Park Community Association made an announcement on their website, and thanked Alex Bevil for donating “time and energy” to prepare the required documents for the designation.

“From 1898 to 1967, the University Heights Water Storage and Pumping Station evolved from a small privately owned water reservoir into one of the City of San Diego’s major municipal water storage, filtration and distribution facilities,” NPCA representatives said, adding that the water tower’s design is the only known example of a 12-legged, full hemispherical bottom, elevated metal water storage tank in Southern California.

The Commission also recommended that the site be placed on the National Register of Historic Places.