Eber’s water towers – Czech Republic

The leading trade journal in Sweden, VA-tidskriften Cirkulation has since 1998 an article series under the heading Ebers vattentorn (Eber’s water towers), where Eber Ohlsson with text and photo presents interesting water towers in the world (except Scania and Sweden). Below is a free translation to English of these texts.


Eber’s water towers in the Cirkulation 2/2005

A free translation to English:

Shout it from the housetops that water is a gift of God! That was perhaps the thought when architect A Tusek and engineer Josef Franzl shaped the water tower in the district Vinohrady in the Czech capital Prague. On a cornice stands here trumpet-angels in all corners of the tower and communicate the message.

It has not been saved of the front decoration on the new-renaissance tower from 1891, the only that is modest is the volume of the reservoir on 200 m³. The seven floor high tower, with a belvedere on the top, was taken out of duty 1962 and has after that been rebuilt to dwellings. The year 1993 was there made a reconstruction of the fronts and repair works of the clocks.

Published 2005-03-16


Eber’s water towers in the Cirkulation 5/2004

A free translation to English:

Water tower with gallery is not a quite usual phenomenon, but that are in the district Letna in the Czech capital city Prague. It is not known if the architect J. Fialka had the expression ”play to the galleries” from the time of Shakespeare in his mind when he design the tower, but it is good places he had shaped.

In the magnificent new renaissance tower form 1888, the architect makes a success to get a reservoir on 197 m³, which give much architecture per m³. The year 1913 was the tower rebuilt, so that there were apartments to the employees of the water work. Today run association’s activities in the rebuilt tower.

Published 2004-08-25


Eber’s water towers in the Cirkulation 7/2002

A free translation to English:

Brewing beer needs with the exception of malt hops and yeasts, even good water. Many breweries give in there’s sales argument prominence to what a good water spring they have access to. The brewery ”Pilsner Urquell” in the city Pilsen in the Czech Republic, should perhaps except to give prominence to its soft water, even be able to sell The Original Pilsner Beer on its water tower, either the tower contain the primary product or the finished product.

The fire hydrant on the brewery ground is marked ”Pilsner Urquell”, and the century-old Art Nouveau water tower will naturally supply these at extinction, either it concern fire or thirst.

Published 2002-11-06


Eber’s water towers in the Cirkulation 4/2002

A free translation to English:

Water towers are a form of elevating activity that interesting enough exist in some airports, as in the old airport Kbely in Prague. The tower there, in reinforced concrete with supplying glazed-in and an airway beacon on the top, was drawn by architect Ottakar Novotny and built 1927-28.

The airplane relief on the reservoir façade (very likely Farman F-62 Goliath) was designed by Jan Lauda. These relief planes have the civil airplane registration ”L-B”, a mark for The Czechoslovakia until 1930. The water tower, since long time standing in a military area, was out of operation under the 1970s. On another plane, the heraldry, has the tower been lifting, it adorn now the coat of arms in the Kbely district.

Published 2002-06-12