The Fountains of Chicago, 1837-1987

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The Fountains of Chicago, 1837-1987


Public Monuments


Aside from being decorative and whimsical, our local fountains have much to tell us about our various public memories and community activities. Despite this historical function, fountains are often overshadowed by other public monuments that are deemed more "culturally significant." In the effort draw attention towards community artifacts that are forgotten all too frequently, I have established this collection of items related to the fountains of Chicago built between 1837 and 1987.


Zachary Stella




Open to the Public








Chicago, IL 1837-1987

Collection Items

Fountain Girl Downtown Chicago CHM DN-0056947.tif
Fountain Girl in Downtown Chicago c. 1900 CHM DN-0056947.tif
Description: Image of Fountain Girl with a horse drinking from its basin while a team of horses waits alongside. Fountain Girl was
located at South LaSalle and West Monroe Streets in…

Buckingham Fountain
Buckingham Fountain is a Chicago landmark in the center of Grant Park. Dedicated in 1927, it is one of the largest fountains in the world.

Fountain of the Great Lakes
Fountain of the Great Lakes, or Spirit of the Great Lakes Fountain, is an allegorical sculpture by Lorado Taft in the Art Institute of Chicago South Stanley McCormick Memorial Court south of the Art Institute of Chicago Building in the Loop community…

Gurgolye Fountain
In the mid-1890s, the West Park Commissioners installed a cast-iron fountain in Wicker Park. The fountain had an a cut granite outer basin with finials and floral urns. Produced by J.L. Mott Ironworks Company, the two-tiered fountain featured foliage…

Stanley McCormick Memorial Court (North Garden)

The Art Institute of Chicago (AIC) is an encyclopedic art museum located in Chicago's Grant Park. It features a collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art in its permanent collection. Its holdings also include American art, Old…
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