Saturday, August 14, 2010

A beautiful fountain & Marie Antoinette?

Brooks Memorial Fountain in Marshall , Michigan
is located at the entrance of the downtown
area in a round about.

I took probably four pictures of this fountain
as we were riding along in the horse and carriage
and this is the only one that turned out. Horses sure give bumpy rides. lol

On July 3, 1930, during Marshall's Centennial Celebration,
Harold C. Brooks presented the city with a unique fountain
in memory of his father C. E. Brooks.
The fountain, erected in the center of the West End Park,
was of chaste Greek Doric design.

The central structure was a replica of the "Temple of Love"
in Marie Antoinette's garden at Versailles, France.

The fountain displayed ninety-six different combinations
of color and water effects in a ten-minute cycle.
It was illuminated by thirty-five 1,000-watt colored projectors
and projected two tons of water per minute.
In 1976 the community restored the fountain
as an American Bicentennial project.

Who knew that Marie and Marshall were entertwined?? Not me, but how neat! Blessings~


Marydon said...

Awesome, Sandi. Now if you had had me WITH YOU!, you'd have had pictures from all angles & not had to worry about those bumps. Chuckle!

You did have a lovely day, sweet friend.
Have a wonderful PS weekend ~
TTFN ~ Hugs, Marydon

Donna said...

Wow! I never knew the history of this fountain! I have been to Versailles, so it's neat to know there is a connection!

donna...@ d. reyné.com said...

Hi Sandi!
Aren't you just a fountain of information! LOL
I love this photo though! It's so elegant!
I hope you had as much fun as your photos have suggested!
Blessings my friend,

Irene said...

How informative, and beautiful.

Vintage Linen Treasures said...

What a beautiful fountain! It must be truly amazing seen in person from a horse drawn carriage!!!! How fun.
Patricia :o)

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Such a beautiful photo, Sandi! I love it!

Big TX Hugs,
Angelic Accents