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Pierre S. du Pont, Fountain Visionary

 
 
Pierre S. du Pont, Fountain Visionary Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, August 12, 2015
1. Pierre S. du Pont, Fountain Visionary Marker
Inscription. Inspired by the success of the Italian Water Garden and Open Air Theatre fountains, Pierre S. du Pont unveiled the Main Fountain Garden in 1931. The goal was to rival the fountains he had seen in Europe and at the 1893 World Columbian Exposition in Chicago. From this inspiration, Mr. du Pont created one of the most impressive fountain gardens in the world, the Main Fountain Garden. This revitalization project that ensures that Pierre S. du Pont's legacy continues for generations to come.

Historic photo of the Main Fountain Garden legacy view, as it was in Pierre S. du Pont's time, 1930. Longwood Library and archives.

A Brief History of the Main Fountain Garden
1921-28 Major Garden components planted, including boxwood and maple species.
1929-36 Major architectural components constructed
1958 Huge snow storm damaged the boxwood, chnaging the look of te Garden for years to come
New fountain control system installed; Eye of water built
1970 Significant plumbing replacement and concrete repairs; Extension of the balustrade
1980s Fireworks and music added; Fountain computer control system integreted fpr the first time
1990s Concerns over the safety of deteriorating stonework led to a number of water features being turned off and the installation of partitions to limit access to several areas
2009
Northward image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, August 12, 2015
2. Northward
Our Master Planning process began late fall; the final version of the plan was submitted in 2011 and it identified the Main Fountain Garden as the highest priority legacy project.
2012 Planning and design began for New Heights: The Fountain Revitalization Project
2014 Construction began
Summer 2017 Main Fountain Garden reopens

Colvin Randall, P.S. du Pont Fellow, Longwood Gardens
"Mr. du Pont created a 'wow' factor with the Main Fountain Garden. He wanted peopke to be amazed by all the color, drama, and grandeaur."
 
Erected by Longwood Gardens.
 
Location. 39° 52.344′ N, 75° 40.695′ W. Marker is in East Marlborough, Pennsylvania, in Chester County. Marker can be reached from Longwood Road. Click for map. Marker is on the gronds of Longwood Gardens in front of the main conservatory. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square PA 19348, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. An Engineer's Garden (here, next to this marker); The Peirce - du Pont House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Peirce's Park (approx. mile away); Peirce's Woods (approx. 0.3 miles away); Italian Water Garden
Main Fountain Construction image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, August 12, 2015
3. Main Fountain Construction
(approx. 0.4 miles away); Indian Hannah Birthplace (approx. half a mile away); Battle of Brandywine (approx. 1.2 miles away); a different marker also named Battle of Brandywine (approx. 1.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in East Marlborough.
 
Also see . . .  Longwood Gardens. (Submitted on August 15, 2015, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
 
Categories. Man-Made Features
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 147 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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