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Dillon Memorial Fountain

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1918–1919, Franklin B. Ware and Arthur Ware, Paul Schulz. South end of Main St., south of River Dr.

The site for the fountain was determined by the Davenport landscape architectural firm of Reeves and Ramsey in their 1912 design for Water Front Park. The designers' Beaux-Arts plan, sponsored by the city's Levee Improvement Commission, envisioned a monument placed in the center of Main Street flanked on each side by public buildings in parklike settings. A national competition was held for the memorial fountain and it was won by the New York firm of Ware and Ware, and Paul Schulz. They provided a suave, sophisticated design with a fluted column set in a wreath-encircled base placed in the center of the fountain. On top of the column is a bronze lamp, well proportioned to the capital and column below.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


What's Nearby


David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Dillon Memorial Fountain", [Davenport, Iowa], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Iowa, David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993, 68-68.

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