Deer Park Spring Fountain

Deer Park Spring is located in Congress Park in Saratoga Springs, New York, USA. Each of the 17 springs in the area is naturally carbonated, and each one has a unique flavor due to different minerals.

Hundreds of years ago, the Iroquois Indians frequented the area to hunt animals attracted to the minerals in the water. The Iroquois who bathed and drank the waters soon celebrated its healing powers as did the 19th century Settlers, and Saratoga Springs became a popular destination of the wealthy in the early 20th century.

Water is dispensed from a vein in the Congress Spring and is pumped to the Deer Park Spring Fountain named after the former Deer Park Lodge, a popular attraction that housed tame deer.

This cast iron fountain was erected in 1873 and is design number 48 manufactured by Andrew Handyside, an English iron foundry. The structure is a cylindrical column with attic base surrounded by six Corinthian columns. The highly decorative volutes support a cupola with Neptune mask frieze and a cornice with star detail. The finial is a putto holding a globe lamp above his head. The font is a raised basin into which a tap pours water. A globe lamp illuminates the interior.

Glossary

  • Acroter, a flat base
  • Attic base, A column base with two rings
  • Corinthian, A fluted shaft with flowers and leaves at the capital
  • Cornice, A molding or ornamentation that projects from the top of a building
  • Cupola, A small, domed structure on top of a roof
  • Finial, A sculptured ornament fixed to the top of a peak, arch, gable or similar structure
  • Frieze, The horizontal part of a classical entablature just below the cornice, often decorated with carvings
  • Putto, A figure in a work of art depicted as a chubby male child, usually nude
  • Volute, a spiral scroll-like ornament found in the capital of a column

 

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Image Sources

http://www.saratoga.com/business/deer-park-spring-10171/

http://studiohourglass.blogspot.ca/2012/07/saving-springs-of-saratoga.html

http://thehappyrawkitchen.blogspot.ca/2010/09/saratoga-springs-and-something-sweet.html

 

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Posted on April 15, 2014, in Architecture, Cast Iron, Drinking Fountain, Handyside Foundry, United States of America and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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