Madison Square Park Fountain

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Coordinates: 40°44′30″N 73°59′18″W / 40.741735°N 73.988301°W / 40.741735; -73.988301

The fountain c. 2000

The Madison Square Fountain, also known as the Southern Fountain,[1] is an ornamental fountain located in Madison Square Park in the Flatiron District of Manhattan, New York. It was the only one of several planned fountains to be realized.[2] The current fountain is a modern reproduction of the original, installed in 1990 and renovated in 2015.[3][4]

History and description[edit]

The fountain was originally located on the site of the Old Post Office. It was begun in 1842 and completed in 1843, before being rededicated in Madison Square Park on June 28, 1867.[5]

The fountain is made of North Jay granite. An inscription reads, THIS FOUNTAIN ORIGINALLY STOOD ON SITE OF OLD POST OFFICE. BEGUN IN 1842, COMPLETED JAN. 7, 1843. EMBELLISHED 1847. IT WAS REMOVED TO MADISON SQUARE PARK AND REDEDICATED JUNE 28, 1867.[5] Urns surrounding the fountain are planted with flowers during summer months and other plants during the holiday season.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "About the Park". Madison Square Park Conservancy. Retrieved January 12, 2016.
  2. ^ Berman, Miriam (2001). Madison Square: The Park and its Celebrated Landmarks. New York: Gibbs Smith. pp. 24–25. ISBN 1-58685-037-7.
  3. ^ "Madison Square Renovation". Delta Fountains. Retrieved January 13, 2016.
  4. ^ "Search: Fountain" Madison Square Park Conservancy. Quote: "The design of the Southern Fountain is based on the original Victorian fountain installed in the park in the 1860s."
  5. ^ a b "Madison Square Park: Madison Square Fountain". New York City Department of Parks and Recreation. Retrieved January 12, 2016.

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