Rooftop Water Tanks

Rooftop water tanks are a unique architectural feature in cities – especially Chicago and New York. They are strong, weathered, solid and have stood the test of time. Their different shapes and sizes are interesting to photograph. They are a link to our industrial past and a disappearing element of the cityscape because of development or are too expensive to maintain. Due to the decline of these structures, I’ve been making it a point to photograph them whenever I see them. These photos are then used for reference in my cityscape paintings or as the main focal point of my screen prints.

Sunset Water Tank (Chicago), photograph, 2008
Weed Street Water Tank (Chicago), photograph, 2008
Wrigleyville Water Tank (Chicago), photograph, 2008
Goldblatt's Uptown (Chicago), photograph, 2003
White Water Tank (Chicago), photograph, 2003
Andre The Giant (New York), photograph, 2006
Five Heads Silhouette (New York), photograph, 2006
East Village Peaks (New York), photograph, 2006
Chicago El Stop (Chicago), photograph, 2006
Little Italy Tank (New York), photograph, 2006
Union Square Foursome (New York), photograph, 2006
South Loop Water Tanks (Chicago), photograph, 2005
West Loop Warehouse (Chicago), photograph, 2003
Printer's Row (Chicago), photograph, 2005
Pink Cellphone Tower (Chicago), photograph, 2008
Finkl Steel Blue (Chicago), photograph, 2008
Water Tank Bird (Chicago), photograph, 2008
Tracks on Kingsbury St., (Chicago), photograph, 2008
Cars and Tank (New York), photograph, 2006
Grays (New York), photograph, 2006
South Loop Condos (Chicago), photograph, 2005
Platform Tank (New York), photograph, 2006
Birdtank (Chicago), photograph, 2003
On the Tracks (Chicago), photograph, 2008
Angled (Chicago), photograph, 2003
The Blue Dumpster (Chicago), photograph, 2003
Gentrification (Chicago), photograph, 2003
Police Vehicles Only (Chicago), photograph, 2008
Smokestack Tank (Chicago), photograph, 2001
Chinatown Tank (New York), photograph, 2006
Perched (New York), photograph, 2006
Lookout Tower (New York), photograph, 2006
Sunset in The Village (New York), photograph, 2006
Caciatore Tank (Chicago), photograph, 2005
Chestnut on the River (Chicago), photograph, 2000
Cloudy Day (New York), photograph, 2006
Eight Tanks (New York), photograph, 2006
Flag Tank (New York), photograph, 2006
Green Line Tanks (Chicago), photograph, 2005
Lower East Side (New York), photograph, 2006
Green Goldblatt's (Chicago), photograph, 2001
Painted White (Chicago), photograph, 2005
Self Park (Chicago), photograph, 2005
South Loop Warehouse (Chicago), photograph, 2003
Soho Tank (New York), photograph, 2006
The Pipe (New York), photograph, 2006
Two Towers (Chicago), photograph, 2005
West Loop Factory (Chicago), photograph, 2003
Ukranian Village Blue (Chicago), photograph, 2005
Pencil Tank (Chicago), photograph, 2008
Scandinavian Airlines - Andersonville (Chicago), photograph, 2002
Andersonville Swedes (Chicago), photograph, 2008

Sunset Water Tank (Chicago), photograph, 2008

Weed Street Water Tank (Chicago), photograph, 2008

Wrigleyville Water Tank (Chicago), photograph, 2008

Goldblatt's Uptown (Chicago), photograph, 2003

White Water Tank (Chicago), photograph, 2003

Andre The Giant (New York), photograph, 2006

Five Heads Silhouette (New York), photograph, 2006

East Village Peaks (New York), photograph, 2006

Chicago El Stop (Chicago), photograph, 2006

Little Italy Tank (New York), photograph, 2006

Union Square Foursome (New York), photograph, 2006

South Loop Water Tanks (Chicago), photograph, 2005

West Loop Warehouse (Chicago), photograph, 2003

Printer's Row (Chicago), photograph, 2005

Pink Cellphone Tower (Chicago), photograph, 2008

Finkl Steel Blue (Chicago), photograph, 2008

Water Tank Bird (Chicago), photograph, 2008

Tracks on Kingsbury St., (Chicago), photograph, 2008

Cars and Tank (New York), photograph, 2006

Grays (New York), photograph, 2006

South Loop Condos (Chicago), photograph, 2005

Platform Tank (New York), photograph, 2006

Birdtank (Chicago), photograph, 2003

On the Tracks (Chicago), photograph, 2008

Angled (Chicago), photograph, 2003

The Blue Dumpster (Chicago), photograph, 2003

Gentrification (Chicago), photograph, 2003

Police Vehicles Only (Chicago), photograph, 2008

Smokestack Tank (Chicago), photograph, 2001

Chinatown Tank (New York), photograph, 2006

Perched (New York), photograph, 2006

Lookout Tower (New York), photograph, 2006

Sunset in The Village (New York), photograph, 2006

Caciatore Tank (Chicago), photograph, 2005

Chestnut on the River (Chicago), photograph, 2000

Cloudy Day (New York), photograph, 2006

Eight Tanks (New York), photograph, 2006

Flag Tank (New York), photograph, 2006

Green Line Tanks (Chicago), photograph, 2005

Lower East Side (New York), photograph, 2006

Green Goldblatt's (Chicago), photograph, 2001

Painted White (Chicago), photograph, 2005

Self Park (Chicago), photograph, 2005

South Loop Warehouse (Chicago), photograph, 2003

Soho Tank (New York), photograph, 2006

The Pipe (New York), photograph, 2006

Two Towers (Chicago), photograph, 2005

West Loop Factory (Chicago), photograph, 2003

Ukranian Village Blue (Chicago), photograph, 2005

Pencil Tank (Chicago), photograph, 2008

Scandinavian Airlines - Andersonville (Chicago), photograph, 2002

Andersonville Swedes (Chicago), photograph, 2008

Sunset Water Tank (Chicago), photograph, 2008 thumbnail
Weed Street Water Tank (Chicago), photograph, 2008 thumbnail
Wrigleyville Water Tank (Chicago), photograph, 2008 thumbnail
Goldblatt's Uptown (Chicago), photograph, 2003 thumbnail
White Water Tank (Chicago), photograph, 2003 thumbnail
Andre The Giant (New York), photograph, 2006 thumbnail
Five Heads Silhouette (New York), photograph, 2006 thumbnail
East Village Peaks (New York), photograph, 2006 thumbnail
Chicago El Stop (Chicago), photograph, 2006 thumbnail
Little Italy Tank (New York), photograph, 2006 thumbnail
Union Square Foursome (New York), photograph, 2006 thumbnail
South Loop Water Tanks (Chicago), photograph, 2005 thumbnail
West Loop Warehouse (Chicago), photograph, 2003 thumbnail
Printer's Row (Chicago), photograph, 2005 thumbnail
Pink Cellphone Tower (Chicago), photograph, 2008 thumbnail
Finkl Steel Blue (Chicago), photograph, 2008 thumbnail
Water Tank Bird (Chicago), photograph, 2008 thumbnail
Tracks on Kingsbury St., (Chicago), photograph, 2008 thumbnail
Cars and Tank (New York), photograph, 2006 thumbnail
Grays (New York), photograph, 2006 thumbnail
South Loop Condos (Chicago), photograph, 2005 thumbnail
Platform Tank (New York), photograph, 2006 thumbnail
Birdtank (Chicago), photograph, 2003 thumbnail
On the Tracks (Chicago), photograph, 2008 thumbnail
Angled (Chicago), photograph, 2003 thumbnail
The Blue Dumpster (Chicago), photograph, 2003 thumbnail
Gentrification (Chicago), photograph, 2003 thumbnail
Police Vehicles Only (Chicago), photograph, 2008 thumbnail
Smokestack Tank (Chicago), photograph, 2001 thumbnail
Chinatown Tank (New York), photograph, 2006 thumbnail
Perched (New York), photograph, 2006 thumbnail
Lookout Tower (New York), photograph, 2006 thumbnail
Sunset in The Village (New York), photograph, 2006 thumbnail
Caciatore Tank (Chicago), photograph, 2005 thumbnail
Chestnut on the River (Chicago), photograph, 2000 thumbnail
Cloudy Day (New York), photograph, 2006 thumbnail
Eight Tanks (New York), photograph, 2006 thumbnail
Flag Tank (New York), photograph, 2006 thumbnail
Green Line Tanks (Chicago), photograph, 2005 thumbnail
Lower East Side (New York), photograph, 2006 thumbnail
Green Goldblatt's (Chicago), photograph, 2001 thumbnail
Painted White (Chicago), photograph, 2005 thumbnail
Self Park (Chicago), photograph, 2005 thumbnail
South Loop Warehouse (Chicago), photograph, 2003 thumbnail
Soho Tank (New York), photograph, 2006 thumbnail
The Pipe (New York), photograph, 2006 thumbnail
Two Towers (Chicago), photograph, 2005 thumbnail
West Loop Factory (Chicago), photograph, 2003 thumbnail
Ukranian Village Blue (Chicago), photograph, 2005 thumbnail
Pencil Tank (Chicago), photograph, 2008 thumbnail
Scandinavian Airlines - Andersonville (Chicago), photograph, 2002 thumbnail
Andersonville Swedes (Chicago), photograph, 2008 thumbnail