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Wallace Fountains : Philantropy during Haussmann’s works

April 14, 2011

Here comes spring and its warm and sunny days; a good time for long walks in order to visit the city. While wandering in the streets, you may get thirsty but if you’re lucky enough, you shouldn’t have to walk for too long before running into one of the 70 Wallace fountains that adorn Paris. These public-drinking fountains were designed by French sculptor Charles-Auguste Lebourg at the end of the 19th century. Their edification was commissioned by philanthropist Sir Richard Wallace while Paris was being profoundly transformed by the huge works of Baron Haussmann. At the time, France was recovering from the defeat in the Franco-Prussian war and access to drinking water was being seriously limited by the destruction of aqueducts supplying Paris but Wallace believed that everyone had the right to quench their thirst for free. As another sign of his devotion to the city, Sir Richard Wallace chose to stay in his Parisian house and to share his huge wealth with all Parisians. He is now buried at the Père Lachaise cemetery. The Wallace fountains are the most famous part of his legacy to the city. They have become worldwide-renowned landmarks of the capital and can be admired in Paris most frequented streets and squares.

You can find Wallace fountains at the following addresses :

– Square du Vert Galant (75001)

– Place Nathalie Lemel (75003)

– Metro Saint-Paul (75004)

– Place Saint-Sulpice (75006)

– Parc des Expositions (75015)

– Places des Abbesses (75018)

6 Comments leave one →
  1. Ceri permalink
    April 14, 2011 11:20 pm

    Great pics and ideas as always : ) Merci

  2. Andy permalink
    April 15, 2011 12:35 am

    I like the red one 😉

  3. April 15, 2011 7:49 am

    You can also find one rue Etienne Dolet, Paris (75020) facing Notre Dame de la Croix.

  4. April 21, 2011 2:49 am

    I never knew the background to these fountains, I have always admired them, thank you for the insight

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