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Drake Drinking Fountain - Christopher Columbus

Richard Henry Park
Fonderia Nelli (Roma)
1892

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Description

Bronze statue of Columbus, portrayed as a young student of geography at the university of Pavia, globe in his left hand and a compass in his right hand. The figure rests atop a square stepped stone base in front of a granite structure. This granite structure, inspired by gothic architecture, has classical columns, four small flying buttresses and a gothic steeple. At each corner is a low stone planter which at one time had been drinking fountains.

Inscription(s)

Plaque on the monument, above the statue:
ICE WATER FOUNTAIN
THE GIFT OF
JOHN B. DRAKE
TO THE
CITY OF CHICAGO
1892
Inscription on the statue's pedestal:
christopher columbus
the discoverer of america
1492

New plaque below the statue:

rededicated in honor of
the 150th anniversary of
south chicago. refurbished
by sca chemical services.
september 21, 1986

Signature

Fond Nelli. Roma

Annotation

Gift of John B. Drake, proprietor of the Grand Pacific Hotel. The foundation has a receptacle holding two tons of ice, and has ten faucets, each provided with a bronze drinking cup. 1909 moved to present location.

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Tags

Location N 41°43'41" W 87°33'9"

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Item Code: usil03; Added: 16 January 2001  / Photograph: 7 October 2001

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