Ypsilanti, Michigan: Phallic Water Tower

A 147-foot-tall Victorian-era tower has become famous for its evocative -- at least to some people -- shape.

Address:
N. Summit St., Ypsilanti, MI
Directions:
West side, at the highest point in the city, at the intersection of W. Cross St., Hwy 17/Washtenaw Ave., and N. Summit St.
Admission:
Free
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Water tower.

Phallic Water Tower

Absolutely worth a visit! My husband thought it was hysterical.

[Diana, 07/29/2021]

Tee-hee

Water tower.

Phallic Water Tower

If the grounds person is around they will let you go inside.

[Joannah Soderborg, 08/05/2016]
Phallic Water Tower

Rumor has it that should a virgin ever graduate from the local university, Eastern Michigan, that the water tower shall crumble. I am happy to report it is standing taller and prouder than ever!

[Bruce-e, 05/31/2015]
Ypsilanti Water Tower

The Ypsilanti Water Tower was the winner of Cabinet magazine's "World's Most Phallic Building" contest in 2003.

[Steve C., 05/16/2015]

The 147-foot-tall limestone tower was built in 1890. Victorian-era Americans would have been appalled that anyone saw a willy in their water tower.


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