The fountain at Franklin Square has been the centerpiece of the public park for 180 years. While the city and surrounding neighborhoods have changed and developed, the signature fountain hearkens back to the 19th century and remains a favorite gathering place in Philadelphia.
A Fountain of "Grand Dimensions"
The Franklin Square Fountain was constructed in 1838, a year following Philadelphia City Council's resolution calling for a fountain of “grand dimensions.” The Franklin Square Fountain is the oldest refurbished and functioning public water fountain in the United States, and is the longest-surviving fountain in William Penn’s original five squares.
A Centerpiece for All Seasons
In 2006, Historic Philadelphia, Inc. restored the fountain for the first time in 30 years, renovating the vintage marble and surrounding wrought iron fence. To this day, the historic fountain is a highlight of the Franklin Square experience alongside the modern attractions, special events, and public green space.
During the summer, the fountain serves as a refreshing respite during hot days. In colder months, the fountain glistens with more than 75,000 lights during the Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show presented by PECO.
In 2019, Franklin Square’s historic fountain will make history again.
The Franklin Square Fountain Show is a dazzling new daytime and nighttime water display maintaining the fountain’s historic character while enhancing it with spectacular choreographed light and water.
All new waterworks and LED lighting will be installed, while preserving the vintage marble and surrounding wrought iron fence.
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