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“Because it was one of the only buildings to survive the Great Fire of 1871, the Water Tower” has become synonymous with Chicago’s momentous rebirth after the fire…”—Dominic Pacyga, Chicago Historian via The Magnificent Mile.
Pictured is the gothic style Water Tower, one of two structures that were undamaged after the Great Chicago Fire on what used to called Pine Street (because of all the Pine Trees found in its area) now, Michigan Avenue. Redevelopment of this once narrow and small residential street occurred between the years of 1900 and 1930. Originally, Pine Street went as far as the Chicago River going north and largely residential. However, as a part of the 1909 Burnham Plan, Pine Street (now referred to as Michigan Avenue) expanded to North stretching past the river; while the river portion of the avenue continued to be used for wholesale and industrial purposes principally due to the river access for shipping and receiving and became known as Streeterville after Captain George Streeter and his boat the Reutan.
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