Sunday, March 27, 2016

Happy Easter: City Hall Park/Jacob Wrey Fountain

  • Architect: Jacob Wrey Mould ( he designed bridges in Central Park)
  • Description: Square pool with candelabrum at each corner; central column consisting of circular basin with umbrella above, surmounted by fixture
  • Materials: Pool and column (except for fixture)--granite; Candelabra, fixture--bronze
  • Dimensions: Pool L: 30' W: 30'; Basin Diameter: 10'; Column H: 15' (all approximate)
  • Cast: 1872
  • rededicated by Mayor Giuliani 1999

 In 1999 a $34.6 million project fully restored the park, adding a central walkway and gardens and replacing pavement with grass and trees.  The Mould fountain with its original granite base was returned to the park with a reconstructed centerpiece and lighting fixtures.  A circular tablet at the southern end of the park was added to educate visitors about the history of the site.  At the park’s rededication, Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani called the renovation “a final gift from the 20th century to New Yorkers of the 21st.”

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