Old Buckingham Fountain Chicago Photo

chicago-photographs-buckingham-fountain-1940Friedman Fine Art and http://www.chicago-photographs.com are pleased to present this beautiful vintage black and white picture of Chicago.

Built in 1927, Buckingham Fountain is one of Chicago’s many historic landmarks. Commissioned by Kate Buckingham in memoriam for her late brother Clarence Buckingham, the fountain was inspired by the large public fountains of Europe, specifically, the Latona Fountain at the Palace of Versailles. Its design is based on the Rococo art movement mimicking the layers of a three tiered wedding cake, sits twenty-three feet high and is decorated with four sea horses to represent the four states surrounding Lake Michigan: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin.

Located in Grant Park on Columbus drive and Congress Parkway, Buckingham Fountain (officially named Clarence Buckingham Memorial Fountain) is made of Etowah marble (also known as pink Georgia marble) and was designed by architect Edward H Bennett with its statues created by French sculptor Marcel F Loyau. The final price tag was $750,000 and now operates from the months of April to October. Since the 1920’s, the fountain has seen major renovations including: restorations to weathered leaky basins, new drainage, landscaping and a computerized water pump system to replace the manual operation of the fountain that ceased in 1980; the pump pushes 1.5 million gallons of water daily and between 1,600 and 7,000 gallons of water per minute with its three pumps and 134 jet streams.

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