Courtesy: Spike Mafford Photography

Prefontaine Fountain

Seattle, Washington

Carl F. Gould

Prefontaine Place, Yesler Way & 3rd Ave., Seattle, Washington, 98104
Date:  1926
Placement:  parks (recreation areas)
Artwork Type:  sculpture (visual work)
Material:  granite (rock), tile
Description:  The fountain was bestowed to city by Father F.X. Prefontaine, a prominent Jesuit priest who built Seattle’s first Catholic church back in 1870. Leaving the city the then-large sum of $5,000 upon his death in 1911, the fountain was eventually designed by Carl F. Gould, one of the leading architects at the time. The fountain itself, perhaps not coincidentally, rests roughly at the same site of the Father’s first house.

Bequest gift to the city of Seattle from Father Francis X. Prefontaine.

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