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Buckingham Fountain Chicago Illinois

Buckingham Fountain Chicago Illinois (Known places)

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Buckingham Fountain is a Chicago landmark located at Columbus Drive and Congress Parkway in Grant Park. The fountain, which was designed with sculptures by Jacques Lambert and modeled after Latona Fountain at Versailles, was donated to the city by Kate Buckingham in memory of her brother, Clarence Buckingham. She also established the Buckingham Fountain Endowment Fund with an initial investment of $300,000 to pay for maintenance on the fountain. Buckingham Fountain was dedicated on Aug. 26, 1927 (93 years ago). The fountain runs from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. every day from mid-April to mid-October, depending on the weather. During a water display that runs for 20 minutes every hour on the hour, the center jet shoots up to 150 feet (46 m). in the air. At dusk, a light and music show coincides with the water display. The last show of the night begins at 10:00 p.m.

The fountain contains 1,500,000 U.S. gallons (5,700,000 L) of water. During a display, more than 14,000 U.S. gallons per minute (0.88 m3/s) are pushed through its 193 jets.

Buckingham Fountain is undergoing extensive renovations which started Labor Day, 2008 (12 years ago). This three phase project will modernize the fountain.

Phase I was dedicated Apr. 3, 2009 (11 years ago). This phase included permeable pavers laid down surrounding the fountain. This replaced the former crushed stones that were used since the fountain was originally constructed. The pavers make a safer and smoother surface. This new surface is ADA accessible.

Phase II will begin in the fall of 2009 (11 years ago). This phase will include the demolition of the fountain table, installation of extensive underdrainage system, new landscaping, site lighting, signs, site furnishings, sewer system, selective demolition within or adjacent to the fountain's outer basin, repairs of some existing cast-in-place concrete elements and installation of new cast-in-place elements.

Phase III updates have yet to be scheduled. In May of 2009 (11 years ago) phase III was up for bidding. This phase will include the restoration of Buckingham Fountain and fountain table, the construction of a new equipment room with selective demolition, structural construction and repair, masonry restoration and repair, mechanical and electrical work, bronze restoration and repair and installation of site improvements and amenities.


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