Portland has many wonderful fountains – some big, others small, some old and other brand new. When doing a recent tour based on the brochure put out by the Portland Water Bureau we were struck by how many errors there were, how many omissions and that it did not include fountains that were not owned and operated by the city. If people want a fountain tour, they don’t care who owns the fountain – it is still a fountain. Thus I decided that I would cover all of the fountains over the period of weeks or months and perhaps build them into a portable app that would allow people to get the information as they walk around the city.
This fountain is one of the smallest in the city. It has two names. The more accurate is the Source Fountain. This is the first of a series of fountains/parks/plazas that depict stages of a stream as they pass from the mountains to the low lands. This is meant to represent an artesian spring. It is also called the Chimney Fountain because of the way in which the bricks are laid. It is located between on what would be just north of SW Lincoln. It is in a public pathway that leads you to The Dreamer (Pettygrove Park), Lovejoy Fountain and Park and eventually to the Ira Keller Forecourt Fountain.
The fountain was part of the 1960’s South Auditorium Project to create Portland Center park. This was the Portland Development Commission’s first urban renew project. This project was led by Ira Keller who also got a fountain named after him. The fountain was built in 1968 and it has been reported that it was the first part of the project that was completed and was probably designed by Lawrence Halprin.
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