The doors are ordinary and rather battered, but the building they are attached to is definitely not.
I discovered this old water tower in Port Hope by accident, while looking for an award-winning bakery known for its Canadian specialty – butter tarts.
It turns out that finding the building was the easy part. Trying to unearth the history of it was an entirely different matter.
When I searched for “Tower of Port Hope“, I got links to a retirement residence located next door.
Further poking around the interwebs, I found “Greenwood Tower“, but it only provided information about the motel located on the property and not the water tower itself.
Finally I stumbled across a reference to the “Belgrave Water Tower” and found an article about the history of this wonderful 1877 building.
Although in disrepair, the building is still stunning with its fan design of wrought iron in the lower windows,
… the ornate railings along the roof of the extension of the first floor,
… the widow’s walk and the balustrades around the windows on the third level
… and let’s not forgot those circular spoke windows on the top level.
Although I couldn’t see inside the tower, it is said to have a wooden circular staircase that winds up to the 4th level, and deep below the tower is a brick-walled well that is 10 feet across and drops down about 75 feet (3 metres and 23 metres respectively).
It was built on a 30-acre estate known as Belgrave, and the tower provided water to the house and surrounding gardens. I’m obviously talking about a local businessman with serious wealth.
It may look derelict and abandoned, but a family of feral cats currently call the tower home. Pretty fancy digs whether you’re a cat or not.
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