The Hose Tower:
Frequently Asked Questions & Answers
The Hose Tower opened in the fall of 2015 and is a regional destination offering community members, organizations and corporations a state-of-the-art event space and meeting room in the heart of Historic Greendale. Below are some frequently asked questions and answers about the project.
Who owns the Hose Tower? The Village of Greendale owns the building and manages facility rentals.
Does the Greendale Historical Society have a lease with the Village? No. In fact, the Greendale Historical Society has never had a lease with the Village for The Hose Tower and/or the original Fire and Police Station.
What is the formal arrangement between the Village and the Greendale Historical Society? The Society and the Village currently have a formal “letter of understanding” signed in September of 2011. This letter spells out that the Village will own and maintain the Hose Tower, that the Society will lead in the fund-raising, design, planning, and construction and may enter into contracts to complete the project, among other things.
Is The Hose Tower a historic building? Yes. In 2013, the Village of Greendale’s historic district including The Hose Tower were formally designated as a National Historic Landmark. It is one of three public buildings deemed a contributing factor in Greendale’s Historic National Landmark designation by the federal government. The other two are the original Fire and Police Station and Village Hall.
What will The Hose Tower used for? The flexible Layton State Bank Community Room is ideal for community meetings, activities, and events of all kinds. The community room makes The Hose Tower perfect for community group gatherings, ceremonies and receptions, business functions and even art exhibits and performances.
How will The Hose Tower impact the downtown business district? The Hose Tower has been returned public use as a community gathering place with both indoor and outdoor meeting space. Its location in the heart of Greendale’s historic business district adjacent to Canterbury Woods with safe, easy and convenient drive-up access from the municipal parking lot will serve as an important focal point, connecting the Parking Street area to Broad Street.
Who can use The Hose Tower? Any community group, organization, business, families and much more.
How many people can the meeting room accommodate? For meetings, the Layton State Bank Community Room has seating for 99 persons. Other functions such as conferences or dinners there is seating for approximately 60 persons.
Will the restrooms be open to the public? Yes. The Hose Tower has ADA compliant public restroom facilities for community events.
Can food and drink be served in the Hose Tower? Hose Tower features a self-catering prep kitchen for smaller events.
About The Hose Tower
The Hose Tower is a regional destination offering community members, organizations and corporations a state-of-the-art event space and meeting room. The flexible Layton State Bank Community Room with over 1,500 square feet is ideal for meetings, activities, and events of all kinds.
- The Hose Tower is located in the heart of Greendale’s historic business district adjacent to Canterbury Woods.
- Safe, easy, convenient drive-up access from the municipal parking lot.
- The Hose Tower features seating for 120 people and conference table seating for up to 60 persons.
- Catering service is available from community food-service partners and the Hose Tower will feature a self-catering prep kitchen for smaller events.
- Nonprofit organizations (501 c 3s) will be able to take advantage of a deeply discounted rates for their own fundraising events or board retreats.
- Greendale community groups and organizations like the Boy Scouts or Lion’s Club can book the facility at little or no charge.
- State-of-the-art multi-media equipment.
- ADA compliant public restroom facilities for community events.
- Community group gatherings
- Holiday events
- Recognition and retirement celebrations
- Family birthdays, anniversaries, weddings and other celebrations
- Wedding proposals in the Hose Tower
- Ceremonies and receptions
- Business functions
- Corporate gatherings and planning sessions
- Board meetings
- Art exhibits and performances