Tomorrow night, the Common Council will vote on a resolution authorizing the mayor and the commissioner of public works to enter into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Friends of the Public Square (FOPS). The point of the proposed public-private partnership is to enhance and maintain Seventh Street Park.
Whenever Seventh Street Park, a.k.a. the Public Square, is discussed, the fountain at the center of the park seems to be the principal topic. The public square was developed as a park in 1878. Five years later, in 1883, the fountain, which was the pride of the city, was added.
In 1975, the original fountain, surmounted by a statue representing Venus rising from the sea, was disassembled and removed, and the fountain was reimagined as "Inspiration Fountain." The photograph below was taken in March 1975.
This photo, from the invaluable archive PhotobyGibson.com, shows Inspiration Fountain as it appeared upon its completion in June 1975.
Although the original fountain is much to be preferred to the 1970s "Inspiration Fountain," it appears the reimagined fountain looked better when it was new than it does now.
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