Intended to be an element within the larger Water Works Park, the Observation Tower was to help visitors develop visual connections between the Detroit River, the water treatment facility, the park and the city of Detroit. The tower was designed to rise one hundred
and thirty feetand carry a two story elevator car.
The tower sat at the center of a reflecting pond surrounded by an enclosed garden of native flora. Visitors would emerge from the landscaped area to find themselves at the foot of a poured concrete path level with the pond's water.
The path would have led around the tower to a staging area.From here visitors,
accompanied by a docent, would ride the two-story car entertained by views of Detroit, Windsor and the story of Detroit's relationship to water.