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Emory History Minute: Lullwater Tower

To celebrate Emory's 175th anniversary, Emory Report brings you a look at little-known facts about the university.

When Walter Candler developed the Lullwater estate in 1925, DeKalb County had not yet extended its electrical grid that far into the country. So, Candler brought the electricity to him by building a dam on South Peachtree Creek and a granite tower with a generator inside to supply power to his house. Today, the tower sits empty, nearly covered by vines and trees, but inside is filled graffiti and Latin phrases signifying that Emory secret societies sometimes use the tower as a meeting spot.

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