The Chown Pella water towers are an integral part of the 13thAvenue Historic District on the National Register. They are two of the three remaining wooden water towers in the Pearl District. Wooden Water towers are part of the history of this industrial area of the early 1900s and are an iconic part of the Pearl District. The water tower image is on every street sign of the Pearl. It is in the logos of the Pearl District Neighborhood Association and the Pearl District Business Association. The Chown Pella towers are seen from across the District, a visible reminder of our rich history.
These water towers were installed as part of the original Chown Pella building in 1910. They have weathered well over the decades, but now are in dire need of our care to stabilize and restore the structures so that they can be appreciated as part of the Pearl story for decades to come. The Chown Pella Board is seeking to partner with the Pearl District community to preserve these historic water towers.
Our goal is to restore both towers to avoid their removal. The cost estimate for the restoration project for both towers is $35,000. The Chown Pella community has committed to funding the first half of the restoration costs. We need our Pearl District community’s help to complete this restoration. We are asking you to join us to save these historic towers!
Funding Campaign Goal: $18,000
Sponsors: All donors of $1000 or more will be listed on a highly visible banner on the Chown Pella building during the restoration process, thanking them for their partnership. Sponsors are invited to use the rooftop deck of the Chown Pella for their private party in 2016. They will receive a signed, limited edition print and set of notecards with the photographs of the towers by professional photographer, Tom Hassler.
Partners: Donors of $500 or more will receive a signed, limited edition print and set of notecards with the photographs of towers seen from several community locations. These photos are taken by Tom Hassler, noted professional photographer who lives in the Pearl District.
Donors of $100 or more will receive notecards with the photographs of towers by Tom Hassler, noted professional photographer, who lives in the Pearl District.
All contributors will be acknowledged on the Save Our Historic Pearl Water Towers Gofundme page.