Coincidentally, the October 15, 2020 Smoke Rise Newsletter shared the following:
"Today the Tower belongs to us and once again is under construction. The work on the Tower is to remedy the decaying concrete and metal work which has deteriorated over many years. A new vertical staircase will replace the old structure. Emergency Services antennae will be installed to service all First Responders and Smoke Rise Security."
The article nicely contrasts the current day restoration scaffolding with the scaffolding created when the Smoke Rise Tower was first being built in 1904 [see Tom Kline's post referenced below].
That then answers the question about the Tower.
By the way, Jim, I appreciate your mentioning it. We hadn't gone by the Smoke Rise Tower in a while so weren't aware that anything was going on.
Here are the photos we took from all angles of the Smoke Rise Tower. We couldn't have picked a more picture-perfect afternoon to do so!
|Smoke Rise Tower stonework with scaffolding|
|Notice Emma at the base.|
|Magnificent PuddingStone rock!|