Must-See Places to Visit: Historic Water Fountains

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Whether you’re walking through a public park, plaza or garden, there’s nothing more dynamic than experiencing the rushing sensation of a water fountain.  To me, the most iconic ones are the historic fountains.  They possess an extra special quality…they’ve withstood the test of time, perhaps having undergone painstaking restoration, reminding us of days gone by.  Plus they’re lots of fun!

Here’s a list of my favorites:

The Swan Memorial Fountain (circa 1924) at Logan Circle in Philadelphia, PA (pictured above).  This fountain is located at 19th Street and Logan Square along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

The Lillian Goldman Fountain of Life (c.1905) at the New York Botanical Garden.  Learn more here about this incredible fountain at 2900 Southern Boulevard Bronx, NY.  photo courtesy of

The Court of Neptune (c.1895) at the front entrance to the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.  Learn more here.

Forsyth Park Fountain (c.1858) was modeled after a Parisian fountain and sits at the north end of the park in Savannah, Georgia (Gaston Street between Whitaker and Drayton Streets).  Learn more herephoto courtesy of

Brewer Fountain in Boston, MA was sculpted in 1855 for the World’s Fair in Paris.  It was brought to the corner of Park and Tremont Streets in Boston Common in 1868.  Learn more herephoto courtesy of

What’s your favorite fountain?


Tag(s): Historic Preservation, The Great Green Outdoors, Water


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