Germantown, Maryland: Earthoid: Earth Globe Water Storage Tank

From a distance, it looks like a mini-earth has touched down next to the freeway. Artist Peter Freudenberg came up with the design for the 100-ft. tall globe, painted in 1980.

Montgomery College

Address:
Observation Dr., Germantown, MD
Directions:
Montgomery College. I-270 exit 15, top third is visible above the trees east of the highway. Germantown Rd then right on Observation Dr. to end.
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Globe Water Tower

The water tower has been repainted in the last few years. I work at the college where the tower is located and can see it from my office window three seasons out of the year. According to a history professor, the world would be a different place if the new paint job were accurate, for much of the Middle East is now under water.

[Bryant, 06/16/2015]

Earth globe painted white.

Earthoid: Earth Water Storage Tank

Went to see the water tank Saturday afternoon, however the tank is painted white at the moment. It looks like they are working on it, as there is a fence up and construction material around.

[rhoda, 10/05/2011]

Globe Water Tank.

Earth Globe Water Tank

I've been passing by this globe for some time, never really realizing it was actually a water tank! After discovering its true identity on this web site, I figured I'd go take a look for myself and provide a clearer photo of the Earth replica -- including the sun for added effect!

[Nat Balsley, 04/27/2007]
Earth Globe Water Tank

For your "water tower collection": On the campus of Montgomery College, in Germantown, Maryland, a LARGE water tank/tower in the guise of a world globe. Easily visible from I-270 at State Route 118, it shows all the continents and oceans, covered with clouds and a tropical depression in mid-Atlantic.

[James Lehman, 11/16/2003]

Water tank Earth globe.

Earth Globe Water Storage Tank

This suburban D.C. town is home to another giant globe. Look for this painted water tank near exit 15 on I-270. The top third is visible above the trees east of the freeway.

[K. Ward, 09/10/2000]

Update: Photo taken in April 2004.

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