West Tampa Elevated Water Storage Tank Permanently Illuminated
Starting January 12th the cigar band murals that wrap the City of Tampa’s elevated water storage tank on Himes Avenue will be permanently illuminated at night. The lighting of the murals is the final stage of a collaborative process that began in 2012 after representatives of the West Tampa Chamber of Commerce approached the Water Department about the possibility of enhancing the appearance of the tank.
The West Tampa water tank was built in 1954 and renovated in 2014 when the Tampa Water Department decided to fund the repainting and repairs of the 126-foot tall water tower. At that time, Peter and Rolf Goetzinger, the Artistbrothers, were commissioned to add two murals to the tower as a welcome sign in the West Tampa area.
“Celebrating and illuminating the amazing story of West Tampa is the least we can do for an area that has contributed so much to Tampa’s history,” said Mayor Bob Buckhorn.
State Representative Janet Cruz added, “The West Tampa Water Tower stands not only as a landmark in our area, but also as a beautiful reminder of the rich legacy of West Tampa that was built on the hard work of the Spanish, Cuban, and Italian immigrants who worked in the neighboring cigar factories. I am glad that we continue to honor that legacy and shine a light on the continued accomplishments and vibrancy of our beloved West Tampa.”
“This project was put into effect to welcome residents and honor the history and culture of the West Tampa Community,” said Chuck Weber, Water Department Director. “We are proud to be a part of this historic and important community.”
The murals resemble oversized cigar bands to give recognition to the area’s cigar- making history. In the center of the bands are the words “Welcome to West Tampa” on one side and “Bienvenidos a West Tampa” on the other. The cigar band motif was developed with the active participation of the Chamber, the West Tampa community, the City’s Art Coordinator, and members of the Water Department staff.
The water tower is visible from I-275, downtown, and other areas west of the Hillsborough River.
Editor’s Note: The water storage tank is located on Himes Avenue between Cherry and Spruce streets. View of photo of the mural online at TampaGov.net/murals.
For additional information, contact:
Chuck Weber, P.E., Water Department Director
Office: (813) 274-8663
Cell: (813) 480-3159