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Andersonville's Beloved Water Tower To Benefit From 'Estate Sale'

By Josh McGhee | March 28, 2017 6:05am | Updated on March 28, 2017 6:54am
 A view of the water tower from the alley behind the Swedish American Museum
A view of the water tower from the alley behind the Swedish American Museum
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ANDERSONVILLE — The Andersonville Chamber of Commerce is hoping neighborhood residents will chip in to help return the neighborhood's beloved water tower to its rightful perch.

The Swedish American Museum, 5211 N. Clark St., has raised more than $120,000 to replace the iconic tower, which was taken down after a brutal winter in 2014. But the effort still needs an "extra push," said Joelle Scillia, director of marketing for the chamber.

To help the effort, the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce has partnered with Everything But The House, an online estate sale platform, for its "Keys to the City" initiative, Scillia said.

"We are asking businesses and community members to donate items of value from their homes that they are ready to part with," Scillia said.

Participants are asked to donate one or two items that total more than $150 in value. That donation will go toward the water tower and serve as "a buy-in" for a communitywide estate sale, the chamber said.

After the initial donation, participants can sell more items worth $45 or more for personal or business profit, the chamber said.

The drop-off location will be the Trumbull School parking lot at 5200 N. Ashland Ave. from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Scillia said.

The sale will go live on the Everything But The House website the last week of April.

To participate or ask questions, click here.

Take a look below at the removal of the old wooden water tower, which will be replaced by a modern one.