Friday, September 10, 2010
Chicago South [Drake Fountain / The Columbus Monument - by Richard Henry Park]
Drake Fountain - by Richard Henry Park
Location: East 92nd Street at South Chicago and Exchange Avenues
It was a gift to Chicago from hotel owner, John B. Drake
Designated a Chicago Landmark: March 10, 2004
Believed to be Chicago's first statue commemorating Columbus. The monument was originally dedicated in December 1892 to mark the 400th anniversary of his voyage.
Inspired by Gothic Cathedral architecture, the fountain is fashioned of small coupled granite columns and curving buttresses that rise upward 33-feet to culminate in a pointed spire. A 71/2 foot bronze figure of Columbus portrayed as a young student of geography, globe in hand, stands on a stone pedestal at the front.
It originally located on Washington Street in a plaza created by a light court of the former City Hall-County Building.. - In 1906, when the Old County building was razed it was moved to LaSalle Street.. - In 1909, it was moved to its current location, on East 92nd Street at South Chicago and Exchange Avenues.
Ref: A Guide to Chicago's Public Art.. By Ira J.Bach and Mary Lackritz Gray.
It is also known as an ice water fountain,
as it originally dispensed cool drinking water from its four granite basins.
The plaque on top reads..
Ice Water Fountain
The Gift of John B. Drake
to the City of Chicagho
Other Columbus Monuments include
Columbus Monument - by Carl Brioschi