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Obici-Oderzo Fountain Marker

 
 
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By Cynthia L. Clark, January 1, 2017
1. Obici-Oderzo Fountain Marker
Inscription.
A Fountain for Suffolk

This fountain, dedicated to the City of Suffolk, embodies elements of classic design which symbolize the ancient Roman origins of Oderzo, Italy.

The mosaic tiles forming the amphora, or vase, are a gift from the citizens of Oderzo to the citizens of Suffolk. This amphora resembles many archeological finds near Oderzo from the Roman period.

The words ‘Oderzo’ and ‘Opitergium’ on the back of the stele, or column, are the present name and original Roman name of the town. Also, a brass plate shows the shape of Italy and the location of Oderzo.

The bottom of the basin is trachyte, the same marble used to build the old Roman forum and the town square of Oderzo.

                                    Paolo Rosso
                                    Oderzo Architect
                                    August 25, 2003

                                    Gracia and Vigil
                                    Builders

This fountain honors Amedeo Obici, founder of Planters Peanuts and Louise Obici Memorial Hospital. Designed by Architect Paolo Rosso of Oderzo, Italy, the fountain commemorate the Sister Cities relationship between Suffolk and Mr. Obici's birthplace of Oderzo.
 
Erected 2003
Adjacent Obici-Oderzo Fountain Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cynthia L. Clark, January 1, 2017
2. Adjacent Obici-Oderzo Fountain Marker
Major Contributors

Planters Peanuts
Birdsong Corporation
Louise Obici Memorial Hospital
Suffolk Sister Cities Commission
Barton Ford, Lincoln-Mercury, Inc.
Community Action Coalition of Virginia
Duke Automotive
Robert P. and Alma Gardner
Nansemond Cold Storage Company
Producers Peanut Company, Inc.
Wachovia Bank

The Cities of Suffolk and Oderzo
by Suffolk Sister Cities Commission.
 
Location. 36° 43.725′ N, 76° 34.951′ W. Marker is in Suffolk, Virginia. Marker can be reached from North Main Street. Touch for map. The commemorative plaques and fountain are about midway of Courthouse Park on the right side of North Main Street when headed north through downtown Suffolk, Virginia. They stand in proximity to the Mills E. Godwin Courts Building (typically referred to as Godwin Courts Building) at 150 North Main Street. Marker is at or near this postal address: 150 North Main Street, Suffolk VA 23434, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Old City Hall Bell (within shouting distance of this marker); Mr. Peanut (approx. 0.2 miles away); Booker T. Washington High School (approx. 0.3 miles away); Civil War Militia of Suffolk and Nansemond County (approx. 0.4 miles away); World War II Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); Korea and Vietnam Wars Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); World War I Monument (approx. 0.4 miles away); Spanish War Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Suffolk.
 
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Obici-Oderzo Fountain image. Click for full size.
By Cynthia L. Clark, January 1, 2017
3. Obici-Oderzo Fountain
A back view of the fountain, looking south. image. Click for full size.
By Cynthia L. Clark, January 1, 2017
4. A back view of the fountain, looking south.
The words “Oderzo” and “Opitergium” are embossed vertically on the back of the stele or column.
A detail view of the brass plate. image. Click for full size.
By Cynthia L. Clark, January 1, 2017
5. A detail view of the brass plate.
A view of the fountain looking east. image. Click for full size.
By Cynthia L. Clark, January 1, 2017
6. A view of the fountain looking east.
Courthouse Park is a major passageway between North Main Street and a large municipal parking lot on Commerce Street.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 2, 2017. This page originally submitted on January 18, 2017, by Cynthia L. Clark of Suffolk, Virginia. This page has been viewed 159 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on January 18, 2017, by Cynthia L. Clark of Suffolk, Virginia. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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