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The Bagley Memorial Fountain
Bagley Memorial Fountain
is a historic fountain in Downtown Detroit, Michigan. It has recently been moved from its long-time location in Campus Martius Park
Campus Martius Park
to a new location in just down the street in Cadillac Square Park. The fountain was listed on the National Register of Historic Places
National Register of Historic Places
and designated a Michigan
Michigan
State Historic Site in 1971.[1][3] The John N. Bagley House
John N. Bagley House
(1889) at 2921 East Jefferson Avenue in Detroit
Detroit
was constructed for Governor Bagley's son, and is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Contents

1 John J. Bagley 2 Fountain 3 Later moves 4 See also 5 References

John J. Bagley[edit]

Lion detail on fountain

Woodward Avenue
Woodward Avenue
c. 1891 showing Bagley Fountain (far left)

John J. Bagley
John J. Bagley
was the 16th governor of Michigan, serving from 1873 to 1877.[4] Bagley also served as a Detroit
Detroit
Alderman from 1860–61 and as Police Commissioner from 1865-72. He was instrumental in the creation of the Detroit
Detroit
Metropolitan Police Commission and the construction of the first Detroit
Detroit
House of Corrections.[4] When Bagley died in 1881, his will contained $5,000 for the construction of a drinking fountain for the people of Detroit, having "water cold and pure as the coldest mountain stream."[4] Fountain[edit] In 1885, the Bagley family chose Henry Hobson Richardson
Henry Hobson Richardson
to design the fountain.[5] In 1887, the Bagley Memorial Fountain
Bagley Memorial Fountain
was dedicated at the corner of Woodward Avenue
Woodward Avenue
and Fort Street. Richardson constructed the fountain entirely out of pink Bragville granite, modeled after a ciborium located in St. Mark’s Basilica
St. Mark’s Basilica
in Venice.[4] The Bagley Memorial Fountain stands 21 feet high with a basin 7 feet across. At the center of the fountain, four lion heads distribute water. In the original design, two of the heads produced "normal" temperature water and the other two produced cold water, chilled by ice packed around the fountain pipes.[4] The inscription on the four sides of the cornice reads: TESTAMENTARY GIFT FOR THE PEOPLE FROM JOHN JVDSON BAGLEY A.D. MDCCCLXXXVII. Later moves[edit] In 1926 the fountain was moved from its original home at Woodward and Fort to Campus Martius, because of the increase of automobile traffic.[4] In 2000, the fountain was removed from it site, disassembled, and put into storage.[6] In 2007, the fountain was installed in its current location in Cadillac Square; a new lion fountainhead replaced the original, which was stolen.[6] It is the only remaining work by Richardson in the Detroit
Detroit
area.[4] See also[edit]

Drinking fountains in the United States

References[edit]

^ a b National Park Service
National Park Service
(2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.  ^ Nawrocki, Dennis Alan, Art in Detroit
Detroit
Public Places, Wayne State University Press, Detroit, Michigan, 1980 p. 22 ^ a b "Bagley Memorial Fountain". Michigan
Michigan
State Housing Development Authority. Archived from the original on May 17, 2012. Retrieved September 3, 2010.  ^ a b c d e f g Bagley Memorial Fountain
Bagley Memorial Fountain
Archived 2007-10-11 at the Wayback Machine. from the city of Detroit ^ Jeffrey Karl Ochsner, H.H. Richardson, Complete Architectural Works, MIT Press, 1982, ISBN 0-262-65015-0, p. 400. ^ a b "Bagley Fountain Makes a Comeback," In the Flow, Detroit
Detroit
Water and Sewerage Department, V7 n1 (Winter 2007)

v t e

Downtown Detroit

Areas

Broadway Avenue Historic District Capitol Park Historic District Detroit
Detroit
Financial District Detroit
Detroit
International Riverfront Grand Circus Park Historic District Greektown Lower Woodward Avenue
Woodward Avenue
Historic District Monroe Avenue Commercial Buildings Park Avenue Historic District Randolph Street Commercial Buildings Historic District Washington Boulevard Historic District

Education

Primary & Secondary Schools

Detroit
Detroit
Public Schools

Other education

Detroit
Detroit
Public Library Skillman Branch Wayne County Community College University of Detroit
Detroit
Mercy School of Law

Skyscrapers and complexes

150 West Jefferson Book Tower Buhl Building Chrysler House Compuware World Headquarters Crowne Plaza Detroit
Detroit
Downtown Riverfront Guardian Building Industrial Building One Detroit
Detroit
Center One Woodward Avenue Penobscot Building Renaissance Center Riverfront Condominiums Detroit David Stott Building Westin Book Cadillac Hotel Meridian Health Plan Headquarters (proposed) Detroit
Detroit
Statler Hotel (demolished)

Parks

Campus Martius Park

Other landmarks

Bagley Memorial Fountain Cobo Center Comerica Park Detroit
Detroit
Building Detroit
Detroit
Opera House Detroit
Detroit
Public Safety Headquarters Elwood Bar Farwell Building The Fillmore Detroit Ford Field Fort Shelby Hotel Fort Street Presbyterian Church Fox Theatre Greektown Casino Hotel Griswold Building Senior Apartments Joe Louis Arena MGM Grand Detroit Michigan
Michigan
Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument Park Avenue House Town Apartments Wayne County Building Women's City Club Coleman A. Young Municipal Center Ford Auditorium
Ford Auditorium
(demolished)

Detroit
Detroit
People Mover stations

Broadway Bricktown Cadillac Center Cobo Center Financial District Fort/Cass Grand Circus Park Greektown Joe Louis Arena Michigan
Michigan
Avenue Millender Center Renaissance Center Times Square

This list is incomplete. The Michigan
Michigan
State University College of Law was in Downtown Detroit prior to 1997 and was known as the "Detroi

.