13 towers, 8.5 million gallons

Mt Airy castle tanks Cincinnati

“Hurry! Quick”—that’s what I was thinking as I grabbed for Blue (the point and shoot), when we came upon this monstrosity. I thought that even before I wondered what it was.

Crenelated towers with fat cylinders nestled among them. The area is called Mount Airy. Turns out these are water tanks (view from above). And donchaknow, gravity is your friend when you’re piping water hither and yon. Including in Ohio.


  1. Jay says:

    Thank you for this.
    Always fun to see some art in water storage.
    We have a mural on the 2 MG tank in our front parking lot. It is so nice looking that a neighboring District has a picture of our tank on their web page.

  2. Pooh says:

    We have a giant Corinthian column water tower. There is another 19th century structure which I thought was a water tower, but it turns out it is a giant pressure regulator. Not sure if term is right, but it served the same purpose as the part in your house plumbing that prevents “hammering” in the pipes. They have tours one Saturday a month, but it’s been a couple of years.