Englewood's National Register-listed water tower gets $30,000 preservation grant

Staff file photo by Ben Benton / Preservation of Englewood, Tennessee's iconic water tower, listed last year on the National Register of Historic Places, recently got a $30,000 boost through a Tennessee Historical Commission Historic Preservation Grant. The water tower, shown here on Jan. 16, 2020, was built in 1937 and is 144 feet tall.

The pandemic was a stumbling block for fundraising for preservation of a 1937-era water tower in Englewood, Tennessee, listed on the National Register of Historic Places 2020 - used for the town's drinking water until 2018, but a $30,000 injection of preservation funding is helping get the work back on track.

Preservation of the 84-year-old steel structure was boosted by funding from a Tennessee Historical Commission Historic Preservation Grant, according to commission officials who this past week announced 35 grants totaling $929,515 for historic preservation and archaeological projects throughout the state.

"I think it's absolutely wonderful," Englewood Water Tower Preservation Committee president Beth Sizemore said.

She said the grant also freed up other money that can be used for preservation work.

"We have a matching grant coming from the county and one of our other local groups, the McMinn County Community Fund, has awarded us a $14,000 grant," Sizemore said.

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