Residents unite to rehabilitate city’s Alhambra Water Tower

By Maria Rosa Higgins Fallon….

Alhambra Water Tower

A group of Coral Gables residents who support historic preservation have united forces to raise funds toward the rehabilitation of the Alhambra Water Tower.

The “Save The Alhambra Water Tower” project, led by residents Kendell Turner and Roxcy Bolton, is bringing awareness to the history of the water tower built in the 1920s and the need to raise additional funds beyond the $200,000 that the city has allocated for repairs and renovation.

Thanks to the involvement of Vice Mayor Bill Kerdyk Jr., the PARKnership Program of the Coral Gables Community Foundation has pledged $20,000 toward the restoration. Plans are to raise an additional $50,000 through community donations.

The Alhambra Water Tower originally was designed to resemble a lighthouse and was part of the city’s domestic water supply that served until 1931. A kick-off event is planned for Thursday, Dec. 9, at 3:30 p.m., in front of the Alhambra Water Tower, located at the intersection of Alhambra Circle and Ferdinand Street.

Members of the Coral Gables City Commission are expected to attend. Refreshments will be served and live music will be played. The event is free and open to the public.

If you are interested in finding more information about the Save The Alhambra Water Tower project, contact Kendell Turner via email at

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