Rochester, NY Fountain

Rochester may be the only community to have a missing fountain - yet it has it's very own replica. Click on the picture for a larger view.


We want to thank Christine Ridarsky, City Historian & Historical Services Consultant for the Rochester Public Library for this tidbit of information:

"The original location of this fountain was the Rochester Public Market, and it actually remains there today, although in a different location and somewhat altered state. In her book on the history of this market, The Hands That Feed Us: 100 Years at the Rochester Public Market (City of Rochester, 2005), Nancy Rosin writes: 

"A large granite drinking fountain was presented to the City of Rochester by the National Humane Alliance of New York City. It was intended to honor the late Hermon Lee Ensign, briefly a Rochester resident, who made a fortune in the advertising world. Later in his life he became devoted to a cause that had captured the hearts  of many Rochesterians in the 1879s--working for the welfare of animals. The fountain was polished granite with a main basin about six feet in diameter. Water poured into the basin from the mouths of carved lions. A common cup was placed for people to use, while dogs and other small animals could drink from a number of small basins beneath. It was installed in an area where teams of horses could also stand about it and drink. In time this human and practical gift became the ornamental centerpiece of the new market." (p. 12)

She also provided some additional links to more pictures taken from the Albert R. Stone Collection at the Rochester Museum and Science center:

http://photo.libraryweb.org/rochimag/rmsc/scm10/scm10644.jpg

http://photo.libraryweb.org/rochimag/rmsc/scm08/scm08428.jpg

http://photo.libraryweb.org/rochimag/archives/early/e0000/e0000265.jpg

James Farr from the City of Rochester's Bureau of Recreation then confirmed that the original fountain is missing, but noted that there is still a fountain at the market, but it a a replica made by a local artist. He was kind enough to then take the picture that you see at the top of the article. If you look carefully, you can see the playful character of the sculptor with some of the "additions" that he added to the replica.

For more fountain pictures, click here. For a listing of all that have been discovered to date, click here.

Posted August 23, 2015


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