Southwest in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
United States Botanic Garden
The fountain, intended to be an allegorical representation of Water and Light, is designed in three identical sections with classical forms and symbols. Turtle like aquatic monsters and large shells surround the base. The pedestal holds three sea nymphs rising on their toes. Fish spout water form between their feet. The nymphs seem to hold the large basin, which is actually supported by the central column. Above the basin three youthful tritons playfully hold out seaweed. Water spills from a crown at the very top into the upper basin, while jets shoot from the mouths of the fish and turtles.
The cast iron fountain weighs 40 tons and is 30 feet high. It was first lit by 12 gas lamps. These lamps were replaced by battery powered electric lights in 1881, making the fountain of the first nighttime attractions in the city. The lights surrounding the large basin
Erected by United States Botanic Garden.
Location. 38° 53.232′ N, 77° 0.748′ W. Marker is in Southwest, District of Columbia, in Washington. Touch for map. The marker is in Barholdi Park in the triangle formed by Washington Avenue Southwest, Independence Avenue Southwest and First Street Southwest. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20024, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Bartholdi Fountain (here, next to this marker); Native Plants (here, next to this marker); Rain Garden (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Bartholdi Fountain (within shouting distance of this marker); A Historic Landscape (within shouting distance of this marker); Capitol Square, SW (within shouting distance of this marker); Pitcherplants (within shouting distance of this marker); American Veterans Disabled For Life Memorial (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Southwest.
Categories. • Arts, Letters, Music • Man-Made Features •
Credits. This page was last revised on November 21, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 29, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 510 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on June 29, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.