Englewood water tower gets nod from Tennessee Historical Commission for National Register

Staff photo by Ben Benton / Englewood, Tennessee's iconic water tower is targeted for preservation and has been nominated to the National Register of Historic Places. The 1937-era water, shown here on Jan. 16, 2020, was built in 1937 and is 144 feet tall. A preservation committee is raising funds for the tower restoration.

The iconic water tower in Englewood, Tennessee, has been approved by the Tennessee Historical Commission for nomination to the National Register of Historic Places after a commission vote Wednesday in Nashville.

At 80 years old, the structure that looms over the tiny McMinn County town could become the state's first water tower to make the national listing. The state Historical Commission issued a statement in early January that the water tower was on a list of proposed National Register nominees, and now the tower's nomination moves on to the National Park Service.

"We're excited, all of us are," said Beth Sizemore, chairwoman of the Englewood Water Tower Preservation Committee. "We had several people who attended the meeting and it was a very interesting process.