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Picture History: What is a Hose Tower?

What exactly is a hose tower and what was it used for?

The Hose Tower; Photo: Greendale Historical Society
The Hose Tower; Photo: Greendale Historical Society

As part of the original Village, the Federal government constructed a building that served as the original Police Station and Fire Station. The near-by Hose Tower and Annex Building was used by the Greendale Fire Department to dry their fire hoses and to provide additional storage for other municipal equipment. Today, that building is known simply as The Hose Tower. 

The Greendale Historical Society is working to restore and re-purpose the historic the Hose Tower as a community gathering place complete with public restrooms for the citizens and families of Greendale.

In 2013, the Village of Greendale’s historic district including the old Police and Fire Station and The Hose Tower were formally designated as a National Historic Landmark.  

Substantial completion of the interior of the building is planned for Village Days in August 2013, to coincide with the 75th anniversary of Greendale. 

For more information, please visit http://thegreendalehistoricalsociety.org/hose-tower.html

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