Depue Water Tower HAER
To service the community the Village of DePue they needed to replace its existing water tower. The use of federal funds for the project triggered compliance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 (NHPA), which dictates a review process through the State Historic Preservation Offices (SHPO) to consider the effects of projects and/or development on historic properties before any work is done.
Due to its cutting-edge steel tripod engineering design and contribution to the development of the Village, the DePue Water Tower was deemed eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP). It was also determined that its demolition would have an adverse effect on the historical context of the Village. A Memoranda of Agreement (MOA) was then reached between DePue and the SHPO focused on mitigating the adverse effect. As a stipulation of the MOA, AltusWorks was tapped to perform the required “Level III” documentation of the tower for the Historic American Engineering Record (HAER), which included capturing its history and notable design features.