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Bartholdi Fountain

In 1877 the United States purchased Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi's "Fountain of Light and Water" – commonly called the Bartholdi Fountain. Beginning in 2008, the Architect of the Capitol undertook a complete off-site restoration of the cast-iron fountain and made numerous improvements to the basin within Bartholdi Park. The fountain returned to Bartholdi Park in May 2011, and the park is open to the public.


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Taken on November 3, 2011