North Park’s colorful water tower at the intersection of Howard Avenue and Idaho Street has been selected as a historical landmark by the California State Historic Resources Commission.
The highly visible light blue tower sits over the local recreation center, and serves as a beacon for one of San Diego's hippest neighborhoods. It's characteristically different from more modern water towers, and looks as though it has been topped with a hat.
The tower was built in the 1920s and is more than 120 feet tall, according to city documents. The steel tank can hold roughly 1.2 million gallons of water. A caretaker's wooden house also sits at the base of the tower, and was built sometime between 1924 and 1952.
San Diego City Council President Todd Gloria will hold an official designation ceremony for the tower at noon on Friday, May 17.