Josephine Shaw Lowell Memorial Fountain

The Josephine Shaw Lowell Memorial Fountain is an outdoor fountain memorial to Shaw, a social worker active in the late 19th century, designed by architect Charles A. Platt, located at Bryant Park in Manhattan, New York, dedicated in 1912.

Josephine Shaw Lowell Memorial Fountain
The fountain in 2011
Josephine Shaw Lowell Memorial Fountain
Location in New York City
ArtistCharles A. Platt
Year21 May 1912 (1912-05-21)
Type
  • Black granite
  • bronze
Dimensions9.75 m (32.0 ft)
LocationNew York City, New York, United States
Coordinates40°45′14″N 73°59′03″W

Description and history

The black granite memorial commemorates social worker Josephine Shaw Lowell, who founded the Charity Organization Society.[1] According to the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, Shaw was the first female member of the New York State Board of Charities; the fountain marks the "first woman to be honored by a major monument" in the city.[2] It is made of Stony Creek granite and bronze. The fountain was dedicated on May 21, 1912, and installed at the east side of Bryant Park in 1913. It was relocated to the west side of the park in 1936.[2]

In 2009 the fountain was winterized with the installation of an internal electric heating system, enabling it to be left on in subzero temperatures and gather icicles.[3] The fountain is switched off during extended cold spells to prevent enough ice gathering to cause structural damage. [4]

See also

References

  1. "A walking tour of Bryant Park monuments". Bryant Park Corporation. Archived from the original on July 1, 2014. Retrieved June 19, 2014.
  2. "Bryant Park: Josephine Shaw Lowell". New York City Department of Parks and Recreation. Retrieved June 19, 2014.
  3. "Bryant Park Blog: Our Frosty Fountain". Blog.bryantpark.org. 2011-01-14. Retrieved 2016-07-07.
  4. Chung, Jen (2015-02-16). "Bryant Park's Beautiful Frozen Fountain Is A Problem". Gothamist.com. Archived from the original on 2016-03-05. Retrieved 2016-07-07.
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