Fort Hill Tower

Fort Hill Tower
Fort Hill Tower
Fort Hill Tower
Fort Hill Tower
Fort Hill Tower
Fort Hill Tower
Fort Hill Tower
Fort Hill Tower: Up close before photo, uncoated and cleaned.
Fort Hill Tower: Historical Plaque.
Fort Hill Tower

About This Project

The Fort Hill Water Tower stands on the site of a revolutionary war fort, which played an instrumental part in forcing the March 17th 1775 evacuation of the British forces occupying Boston.

The tower was constructed of red clay brick in 1869 and includes an inner spiral stairway leading to the high lookout windows and a steel cylinder water tank rising nearly to the inner roof.

Challenges Heavily peeling facade, mortar joints failing, brick is in good condition, roof leaking, inside walls uncoated.
Solutions Strip off all old paint, re-point mortar joints and paint with a vapor permeable mineral silicate paint.
Architect Russo Barr Associates
33 Center Street, 2nd Floor
Burlington, MA 01803
(781) 273-1537
Contractor Chapman Waterproofing Company
395 Columbia Road
Boston, MA 02125
(617) 288-3000
Applicator John W. Egan Company
3 Border Street
West Newton, MA 02465
(617) 244-6390
Type of Project Historic Restoration
Customer Boston Parks & Recreation Department
1010 Massachusetts Avenue, 3rd Floor
Boston, MA 02118
(617) 635-4505
Location Roxbury, Massachusetts (United States)
Regional Info

Humid continental climate, Summer average high in the 80's (F) winter average high is around 30 degree (F) with temperatures reaching to -17 (F) in winter. Yearly rain fall of 40-60 inches, yearly snow fall can be 100 inches.



The grounds around The Fort Hill Water Tower consisting of The Highland Park are also under renovation. The park and tower offer great views of Boston and the Roxbury landscape, an area consisting of both historic buildings & homes as well as new low and high rise structures.