Dreamland: The Dreamland Tower

 

 

 

 

 

 

It must be Sunday in Dreamland at Coney Island. The crowds have come out in their best and are seeing what the park has to offer. The stately Dreamland tower offers the perfect backdrop for this scene, Spanish architecture in the middle of Brooklyn, a great time to be alive. (Photo Courtesy the Library of Congress)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the postcard on the left the moon is out and there does not appear to be a soul about in Dreamland. Behind the gazebo is the park’s power plant, called the Electricity Building, where 1,000,000 lights were lit nightly. To the left of the tower are the chutes. The postcard to the right is a closer shot and depicts the park just after dusk has fallen.

 

 

 

 

 

Dreamland’s Tower had two large spotlights affixed to it. Sailors said these often disoriented captains, who thought the beacons were from a lighthouse.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dominant. Beautiful. These are the words that immediately come to mind when one sees the Dreamland Tower and Promenade at night. The Dreamland Tower was reportedly based on the Giralda in Seville, Spain. It stood 375-feet high, adorned at the top by a large falcon, and was covered in 100,000 lights. It was excessive, it was Coney.  (Photo Courtesy the Library of Congress)ed to it. Sailors said these often disoriented captains, who thought the beacons were from a lighthouse.