Buckingham Fountain
Columbus and Balbo

Buckingham Fountain

looking northwest-looking south
2001 NB

This jewel of the lakefront--the biggest lawn ornament on the city's front yard of Grant Park--combines Chicago's love of gorgeous architecture with its love of the lake. Donated to the city in 1927 by Kate Buckingham in memory of her brother Clarence, the fountain was designed to emulate (and, at twice the size, show up) the Latona Basin in Louis XIV's gardens at Versailles. Its components are arranged to signify Lake Michigan and the four states (Michigan, Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin) whose shores it washes. From spring to fall the fountain's central jet thrusts water several stories into the air, and at night colored lights embedded in the fountain put on a show. Neither its appearance in the opening credits of Fox's "Married With Children" nor the fact that it is now operated electronically from Atlanta can sully this beauty.  -NB

-More about Buckingham Fountain from the Chicago Landmarks Commission, the Chicago Public Library, and Visit-Chicago-Illinois.com.
-Breakdown of Buckingham's jets and lights from the Chicago Park District
-Picture of Buckingham Fountain from ChicagoUncommon.com


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