The Russell and Helen Means Observation Tower is sited on an alley of trees from the original homestead occupied by the Means. The four-story, 960 SF tower overlooks the parkland donated by the Means family and offers distant views of undisturbed prairie. A series of framed views at each landing builds wonder as the visitor ascends to each level. Northwestern views frame water tower landmarks. An intermediate landing frames a picturesque view of the park’s ponds. Easterly views align with the axis of trees. A ribbon of weathered steel guardrail guides the journey around the precast elevator core. The galvanized bar-grate skin mimics the ever-changing perception through the filtered view of tall Kansas prairie grass. The buildings form is the familiar proportion of a grain silo. The tower cants slightly, evoking a metaphorical image of smoke rising in the wind from the annual spring burn of the prairie, suggesting new life and the cycle of seasons.