Market Street Fountain

Location: Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, USA

If you mention the fountain in Bloomsburg most people will immediately refer to the David Stroup spray fountain situated in Market Square intersecting with West Main Street. However, there is a small cast iron drinking fountain located outside the public library.

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The Stroup Fountain and the drinking fountain were simultaneously erected in October 1892 with the latter originally erected at Post Office corner. The Town Council erected this drinking fountain in response to a petition requesting a drinking source for men, dogs and horses.

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It was restored in 1991 and placed in front of the library on Market Street.

The drinking fountain is casting #14 by J. L. Mott Iron Works of New York. It has a circular base with a trough for dogs at street level and a short bulbous pedestal with flora design. The cornice, decorated with acanthus frieze, sits beneath the capital which supports a finial resembling a pineapple. A lion mascaron originally spouted water into a small basin designed for human use. A large trough for horses facing the road is supplied with water by a lion mascaron.

A manufacturer’s plate is attached above the small basin; J.L. Mott N.Y.

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Glossary:

  • Acanthus, one of the most common plant forms (deeply cut leaves) to make foliage ornament and decoration
  • Capital, the top of a column that supports the load bearing down on it
  • Cornice, a molding or ornamentation that projects from the top of a building
  • Finial, a sculptured ornament fixed to the top of a peak, arch, gable or similar structure
  • Frieze, the horizontal part of a classical moulding just below the cornice, often decorated with carvings
  • Mascaron, a decorative element in the form of a sculpted face or head of a human being or an animal
  • Pedestal, an architectural support for a column or statue

 

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