There is a funky looking tower or small castle-like building in the center of my town preserved by the city as a little historical site. This little castle tower is visible from a busy main road and a landmark of sorts. I stopped by a few weeks ago and took some photos of the mysterious little round castle tower.
The Warrenville Historical Society calls it the Roundhouse circa 1908 in their winter 2013 historical update article. In the article, I found the following information about the little round building shaped like a tower or castle:
The property used to be a farm on which an artesian well was discovered by the owner, William J. Manning. He intended to pipe the water from his well to all the houses in the area. A survey recorded in 1906 does show a 12-foot diameter circular lot for this purpose. It is not known why he built such a structure around his well or even why it’s shaped like a tower or castle. It is said that perhaps the “Michigan Avenue water tower that survived the Chicago Fire was his inspiration.” The reasoning it seems will remain a mystery.
Since then, this funky little castle has been a tiny store selling candy, tobacco, magazines, and newspapers. Continue Reading