Bartholdi Fountain

Title

Bartholdi Fountain

Description

Originally created for the 1876 Philadelphia Exposition, sculptor Frederic Bartholdi had hoped to sell the fountain after the exposition concluded. The only offer to purchase it was made by Congress, who bought the work for $6,000. The sculpture was moved from Philadelphia to Washington and placed at the site of the original botanical garden, which stood where the Capitol Reflecting Pool is today. In 1927 the sculpture was moved to its present home in the newly-established Bartholdi Park.

Source

Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division. View original.

Date

1876 (Finished)
1878 (Moved)
1927 (Moved)

Coverage

Physical Description

30 feet high

Location

U.S. Capitol Grounds

Description

Originally created for the 1876 Philadelphia Exposition, sculptor Frederic Bartholdi had hoped to sell the fountain after the exposition concluded. The only offer to purchase it was made by Congress, who bought the work for $6,000. The sculpture was moved from Philadelphia to Washington and placed at the site of the original botanical garden, which stood where the Capitol Reflecting Pool is today. In 1927 the sculpture was moved to its present home in the newly-established Bartholdi Park.

Creator

Frederic Auguste Bartholdi

Date

1876 (Finished)

Coverage

1860-1889

Source

Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division. View original.