stealth tower
n. A telecommunications tower disguised as a natural object such as a tree, or hidden in a tall structure such as a church steeple or flag pole.

Example Citations:
Cell phone monopoles can be built, with stronger steel and foundation, to handle five or six carriers, depending on the number of antennae installed, Mayberry said.

Then, there are the “stealth” towers — hidden in church steeples, disguised as huge pine trees and attached to billboards.
—Anne Cowles, “Cell phone towers generate hot talk,” The Atlanta Journal and Constitution, August 2, 1999

The board suggested that PrimeSite try to camouflage the tower. For instance, George Young United Methodist Church on East Lake Road has a tower with a cross at the top.

The church plans to replace that monopole with another that looks like a bell tower.

Charles Bernardo Jr., PrimeSite’s director of site acquisition, said he looked at several “stealth tower” designs.
—Edie Gross, “200-foot tower rejected by Pinellas County,” St. Petersburg Times (Florida), August 7, 1998

Earliest Citation:
Steve Triece of BellSouth suggested the city consider allowing camouflage or “stealth” towers, which are less obtrusive. They usually are encased within another structure, such as a clock tower.
—Joe Van Leer, “Tower law is on horizon in Altamonte,” Orlando Sentinel (Florida), May 11, 1996

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