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Scott Fountain

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1914–1928, Cass Gilbert. West end of Belle Isle
  • (Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress)

At the western end of the park, and built on landfill to support it, stands Cass Gilbert's architectural tour de force, the Scott Fountain. This gleaming white Vermont marble fountain with its series of terraced steps and smaller collecting pools recalls, once again, an image of the “White City” of 1893 in Chicago. Originally only part of an even more grandiose plan, the complementing scheme for this site was ultimately rejected as not being suited to the park's natural setting.

Writing Credits

Kathryn Bishop Eckert


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Kathryn Bishop Eckert, "Scott Fountain", [Detroit, Michigan], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Michigan

Buildings of Michigan, Kathryn Bishop Eckert. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2012, 112-112.

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