William Penn Memorial Fire Tower

William Penn Memorial Fire Tower

This imposing stone and reinforced concrete tower is 120 feet tall and sits atop Mt. Penn, The tower, which is owned by the City of Reading , was built in 1939 as a fire observation tower and tourist attraction.

 A spiral staircase containing 120 steel steps leads to an enclosed observation deck. The deck is encased in glass block for year round enjoyment. From there you’re able to see as far as 5th and Penn sts.

The Tower has a copper lightening rod that runs the height of the building.

  Pagoda-skyline Inc, composed of private citizens,was started in 1969 and is the fund-raising group that now takes care of what has become the area now known as Mount William Penn.

The Tower is only opened the Third Saturday of each month.

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