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HAUPT Fountains (ca. 1969) near the Ellipse in Washington, D.C.
by Gordon Newell, Catherine Henry, Nathaniel Owings, James Hunolt

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First Lady Claudia Taylor (Lady Bird) Johnson created the Committee for a More Beautiful Capital. Part of her dream was to "frame the White House in water." Each fountain is made from an enormous slab of granite 18 feet square, nearly a foot thick, and weighing 55 tons. The granite was quarried in Morton, Minnesota, from rock more than 3.5 million years old. These rainbow granite monoliths were a gift of publishing magnate Mrs. Enid Haupt & were sculpted by Gordon Newell & James Hunolt. The fountains frame the White House on the main north-south axis at Sixteenth Street and Constitution Avenue. Source: NPS.gov

Many thanks to Natalie Park Schutz for identifying her uncle, Gordon Newell, as the sculptor. Due to her email I stumbled on the National Parks Services's "List of Classified Structures" which has a WEALTH of info. I've included links to this terrific site for 100 pieces on dcMemorials.com -- a great improvement. Thanks Natalie!! 8/5/2009




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Newell carving marble

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1905-1998

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Newell's "Monarch Butterfly"
Pacific Grove, California

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Medium: Granite
Artist: Gordon Newell, Catherine Henry, Nathaniel Owings, James Hunolt
Related subjects:
Philanthropists
Location: Constitution Ave between 15th & 17th Sts NW (North of Const Ave) Washington, D.C.

Nearest Metro: Federal Triangle (Orange - Blue - Silver) (click station name for all sculptures nearby) (dcMem ID #990 )

Links & other sources
ADC Greater Washington, DC Street Map Book (57)
Historic American Bldgs Survey (says Newell was sculptor)
NPS.gov List of Classified Structures on west fountain (says Hunolt sculptor, Newell stonecarver)
NPS.gov List of Classified Structures on east fountain (says Hunolt sculptor, Newell stonecarver)
Steve Turner Gallery on Newell
Gordon Newell Memorial website
Kathy Park's (Gordon Newell's niece) website

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