-LAW NO. 122-94 OF THE CORPORATION OF THE CITY OF CAMBRIDGE HISTORICAL DESCRIPTION: The building was constructed by Allan Bowman in 1876. The Sheave Tower is a unique example of Carpenter Gothic architecture. It was one of the smallest water projects in the area as well as the first water wheel operation to use mill race water twice. Built as an auxiliary mill shed it housed a water-powered turbine that helped grind grain at the Carlisle Grist Mill (Blair Mill) located more than 300 feet away. It is the only remaining structure of its kind in the region and represents a part of the history of the Milling industry important to the development of Waterloo Region. For generations it has been a popular subject for local artists. ARCHITECTURAL DESCRIPTION: The Sheave Tower is a wood frame structure approximately two and one half (2 1/2) storeys in height, pyramid shaped and clad in board and batten with a cedar shingle gable roof. Three (3) of the four (4) tower walls sit upon the millrace house; the southern wall spans the channel. There are pointed arch Gothic windows on each face of the tower as well as on the attached lean-to-
Notes on History of the Property
-power a second time before it flowed toward the Grand River. As water twisted the turbine under the tower, a series of gears and shafts spun a large steel wheel (sheave) near the peaked roof. Like a giant laundry line with a cable looped around two wheels, water power was transferred from the small tower to the main mill. It'