Iconic Water Tower in Idaho Gets A Much Needed Restoration

Historic preservation group works on local tourist attraction and iconic landmark in Idaho

Online PR News – 05-January-2012 – – Preserving historic buildings is essential to understanding our nation's heritage. In addition, it is an environmentally responsible practice. By reusing existing buildings historic preservation is essentially a recycling program of 'historic' proportions. Existing buildings can often be energy efficient through their use of good ventilation, durable materials, and spatial relationships.

An immediate advantage of older buildings is that a building already exists; therefore energy is not necessary to create new building materials and the infrastructure is already in place. Minor modifications can be made to adapt existing buildings to compatible new uses. Systems can be upgraded to meet modern building requirements and codes. This not only makes good economic sense, but preserves our legacy and is an inherently sustainable practice.

Realizing the need to protect America's cultural resources, Congress established the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) in 1966, which mandates the active use of historic buildings for public benefit and to preserve our national heritage. Cultural resources, as identified in the National Register for Historic Places, include buildings, archeological sites, structures, objects, and historic districts.

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The preservation and renovation of historic properties is an important part of a sustainable, smart growth approach. The renovation of an historic property is often a starting point and anchor for the redevelopment of a block, street, or district. An historic building or district can be a tangible symbol of a community’s interest in honoring its heritage, valuing its character and sense of place, getting the most out of prior investments in infrastructure and development, and encouraging growth in already-developed areas.

Rehabilitating historic properties can also be a critical part of promoting energy efficiency by preserving the energy already represented by existing buildings rather than expending additional energy for new construction. Furthermore, repurposing old buildings—particularly those that are vacant—reduces the need for construction of new buildings and the consumption of land, energy, materials, and financial resources that they require.

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"A historic preservation group is working to save an old water tower in the southern Idaho community of Rupert, where local government officials have their doubts as rusted chunks of metal fall from the structure to the nearby ground."

"The Times-News reports Earl Corless is with the city’s Historic Preservation Commission and says the tower is a tourist attraction and iconic landmark worthy of preservation. Corless says one option may be to slap a new coat of paint on the structure."

"The commission met Tuesday with the Rupert City Council to discuss the fate of the tower and the group conceded the structure may be beyond repair. Councilman James Bowers says he is concerned about the city’s liability concerning the rusting structure, which is covered in lead-based paint."


Usually, an abrasive cleaning method is selected as an expeditious means of quickly removing years of dirt accumulation, unsightly stains, or deteriorating building fabric or finishes, such as stucco or paint. The fact that sandblasting is one of the best known and most readily available building cleaning treatments is probably the major reason for its frequent use.

Another reason for paint removal, particularly in rehabilitation projects, is to give the building a "new image" in response to contemporary design trends and to attract investors or tenants. Thus, it is necessary to consider the purpose of the intended cleaning. While it is clearly important to remove unsightly stains, heavy encrustations of dirt, peeling paint or other surface coatings, it may not be equally desirable to remove paint from a building which originally was painted. Many historic buildings which show only a slight amount of soil or discoloration are much better left as they are.

There are alternative, less harsh means of cleaning and removing paint and stains from historic buildings. However, careful testing should precede general cleaning to assure that the method selected will not have an adverse effect on the building materials. A historic building is irreplaceable, and should be cleaned using only the "gentlest means possible" to best preserve it.

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