HENRY HOBSON RICHARDSON – BAGLEY MEMORIAL FOUNTAIN

Bagley Memorial Fountain
Bagley Memorial Fountain

The Bagley Memorial Fountain was built in 1887 by famous American architect Henry Hobson Richardson. The fountain was constructed as the dying wish of John J. Bagley. Bagley served as the 16th governor of Michigan and on his death, left $5,000 for the construction of a drinking fountain for the people of Detroit, Michigan. Richardson designed the fountain after a Venetian Catholic ciborium. The similarities are explicit with the fountain being surrounded by four columns supporting a pyramidal roof covering. The entire fountain is constructed from Braggville granite. I chose this fountain because it deviates from Richardson’s typical designs of churches and libraries and railroad stations.

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