Alt-Heidelberg: GOING GREEN!

Reuse, Reduce, Recycle that Water Tower
posted Jan 25, 2011
Alt-Heidelberg, history, demolition, water tower, tacoma, tacomic, recycle, reduce, reuse
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Inspired by this sentence " refers to the remarkable transformation of a former Turkish bath into a cistern..." first noted here by Dave L who says: "Something about that statement is just insane." The Tacomic explores hyper-creative reuse of the historic, one and only Alt-Heidelberg Water Tower to make benefit the glorious people of Tacoma (thanks to The JinxMedic for trailblazing). Chicken Coop bit inspired by Mofo From the Hood's anti-community garden PSYOPS.  BUS BARN bit inspired by Tacoma Tomorrow. Old City Hall inspired by this. EV Charging Station bit inspired by CaptiveYak/Exit133. Dunk Tank bit inspired by David Boe, Jake Fey and 6th Ave Street Fair. 

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by The Jinxmedic on 1/25/2011 @ 6:06am
Heh. It's all good, but I particularly enjoyed the OCH zen fountain. "Do not want!"

by KevinFreitas on 1/25/2011 @ 6:59am
Yeah, the zen fountain is painful but hilarious. Well done all around!

by Jesse on 1/25/2011 @ 7:37am
One of your funniest ever RR.

by Mofo from the Hood on 1/25/2011 @ 7:55am
Don't underestimate the Beer Art Lobbyists in Tacoma. Even the Washington State History Museum is recycling beer marketing materials for its " Icons" exhibit.

Nothing against beer; ancient Egyptian slaves built the "Green" pyramids by fortifying themselves with onion sandwiches and beer.

Yes friends, let's pose in the lotus position and face east toward the not-so-fertile Foss Delta and meditate (empty our mind) along with the Tacoma City Council and WSHM:
Visualize Tacoma as a wonderous community garden tilled by beer soaked neo-hoe daddies.

by NineInchNachos on 1/25/2011 @ 8:01am
that bus looks so sad

by NineInchNachos on 1/25/2011 @ 8:03am
even so, going GREEN is all about turning AIDS into LemonAIDS!

by L.S.Erhardt on 1/25/2011 @ 2:21pm
I like the city council dunk tank.

What if the water tower were put on top of a 1,000 foot tower and then light it up like Vegas at night? It could flash "You'll Like Tacoma" over and over again in 100-foot-tall letters.
You definitely could see that from both Olympia and Seattle. I don't know if the governor has a soul to guilt, but the giant glowing reminder might, just might be enough to guilt the legislature into not cutting funds for the WSHM.

by Jesse on 1/25/2011 @ 2:46pm
I think the water tower would be cool if it were placed on top of the one story red building at 7th and St Helens downtown... across from the Amocat.

How big is the tank?

by L.S.Erhardt on 1/25/2011 @ 2:48pm
Looks to me to be probably in the 300,000 gallon range.

by The Jinxmedic on 1/25/2011 @ 3:24pm
That WOULD make a good header tank for the Old City Hall Zen Fountain, then!

by thriceallamerican on 1/25/2011 @ 3:27pm
We should definitely stick the water tower on something...would look good on one of the buildings along 6th Ave too.

by NineInchNachos on 1/25/2011 @ 5:31pm
Save the Water Tower!

by NineInchNachos on 1/25/2011 @ 5:32pm
Turn it into a light rail link stop shelter for UW Tacoma

by NineInchNachos on 1/25/2011 @ 5:34pm
sell it to the folks. could probably replace the missing flying bridge and make use of the pill shapes!

by thriceallamerican on 1/25/2011 @ 6:53pm

by NineInchNachos on 1/25/2011 @ 8:04pm

by Mofo from the Hood on 1/26/2011 @ 12:30am
Little known secret:
In the 1960's that water tower was covertly used by NASA as a flight simulator for the Apollo Lunar Module.
The first test pilot: Ivan the B & I gorilla.

by Erik on 1/26/2011 @ 12:54am
Great Tacomic. Best one in a while. Looks like it took a lot of work.

by NineInchNachos on 1/26/2011 @ 7:50am
Long live Ivan!

by NineInchNachos on 6/17/2011 @ 4:17pm
Update! the whole Heidelberg Brewery should be coming down in two weeks. If you want pics for nostalgia, now is the time to take them!

by NineInchNachos on 10/7/2011 @ 4:45pm
so long old buddy