Roland Water Tower Receives Grant Money
Preservation Maryland awarded $2,500 for an engineering study of the 106-year-old structure.
Preservation Maryland awarded a $2,500 grant for an engineering study of the Roland Water Tower late last week.
The grant also requires $2,500 in matching funds from the community.
Philip Spevak, president of the Roland Park Civic League, said the study of the historic landmark is to make sure the major structural portion of the tower is sound.
Surrounding communities have been working for several years to come up with a way to revitalize the tower. A restoration of the tower is expected to cost about $1.2 million.
During the last General Assembly session, members of the delegation from District 40 attempted to get $250,000 in bond money for the project, but were unable to secure the money.
Currently, the tower is fenced off at ground-level for safety reasons. In the past, chunks of the tower's terracotta façade have fallen.
The tower was built in 1904-1905, but was no longer being used by 1930 when the city switched to reservoirs to provide water.