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Bartholdi Fountain

 
 
Bartholdi Fountain Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, November 22, 2017
1. Bartholdi Fountain Marker
Inscription.
The Fountain of Light and Water was designed by Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi for the 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia, PA. The namesake of Bartholdi Park is best known for designing the Statue of Liberty (Liberty Enlightening the World) installed on Liberty Island in New York, NY. The U.S. Congress purchased the cast-iron fountain in 1877 and placed it with the original U.S. Botanic Garden where the Capitol Reflecting Pool is located today. It was moved to its present site in 1932. The original gas lamps were converted to electricity in 1881, making the fountain a major attraction. The design features turtle-like aquatic beasts and large shells around the base, three sea nymphs and fish on the pedestal, and three youthful Tritons holding seaweed just under the top crown. The fountain stands 30 feet (9m) tall and weighs more than 15 tons (13,600 kg).
 
Erected by United States Botanic Garden.
 
Location. 38° 53.231′ N, 77° 0.773′ W. Marker is in Southwest, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is at the intersection of Washington Avenue SW and Independence Avenue SW, on the left when traveling south on Washington Avenue SW. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20534, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Bartholdi Fountain Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, November 22, 2017
2. Bartholdi Fountain Marker
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Historic Landscape (a few steps from this marker); Rain Garden (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Bartholdi Fountain (within shouting distance of this marker); Native Plants (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Bartholdi Fountain (within shouting distance of this marker); Pitcherplants (within shouting distance of this marker); American Veterans Disabled For Life Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Capitol Square, SW (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Southwest.
 
Also see . . .  Bartholdi Park. (Submitted on November 22, 2017, by Devry Becker Jones of Silver Spring, Maryland.)
 
Categories. ArchitectureMan-Made Features
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 24, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 22, 2017, by Devry Becker Jones of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 94 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 22, 2017, by Devry Becker Jones of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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