Bartholdi Fountain

Bartholdi Fountain (HM235W)

Location: Washington, DC 20534
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 53.231', W 77° 0.773'

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The Fountain of Light and Water was designed by Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi for the 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia, PA. The namesake of Bartholdi Park is best known for designing the Statue of Liberty (Liberty Enlightening the World) installed on Liberty Island in New York, NY. The U.S. Congress purchased the cast-iron fountain in 1877 and placed it with the original U.S. Botanic Garden where the Capitol Reflecting Pool is located today. It was moved to its present site in 1932. The original gas lamps were converted to electricity in 1881, making the fountain a major attraction. The design features turtle-like aquatic beasts and large shells around the base, three sea nymphs and fish on the pedestal, and three youthful Tritons holding seaweed just under the top crown. The fountain stands 30 feet (9m) tall and weighs more than 15 tons (13,600 kg).
HM NumberHM235W
Placed ByUnited States Botanic Garden
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Date Added Friday, November 24th, 2017 at 10:01am PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 325416 N 4306182
Decimal Degrees38.88718333, -77.01288333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 53.231', W 77° 0.773'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 53' 13.86" N, 77° 0' 46.38" W
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Area Code(s)202
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 100 First St SW, Washington DC 20534, US
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