ALAMO HEIGHTS -- Affectionately called the Tin Man, an Alamo Heights icon is coming down.

The old blue water tower has stood over the City of Alamo Heights for almost 100 years

Demolition crews started the deconstruction at 8 a.m. Monday, and they plan to be finished with the tear-down by 3 p.m.

More than 80 years old, the Tin Man was built in 1927. It was christened Tin Man because of the pointy cap on top of the tank resembled the Tin Man in the Wizard of Oz.

But his heyday has long since passed. Progress doomed the Tin Man. He is coming down in order to make way for a new municipal building planned for the City of Alamo Heights.

The new building will house City Hall, a fire station, and council chambers.

The Tin Man was taken out of service last June. Officials say it would have taken more than $400,000 to repair. But tearing it down only cost about $10,000.

Several people passing by the deconstruction zone Monday stopped to snap up the last images of the Tin Man.

One business owner said she looked into the possibility of moving part of the structure to her property, but she said the cost was prohibitive.

It's very sad, said Patti Stuart. But, you know, it's just another step in life. Things move on. I wish we could have saved it, but... Oh, well.

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