Designer: Lawrence Halprin & Associates (San Francisco), 1966
Hidden among the urban superblocks of
the district, the Lovejoy Fountain is meant to bring to mind the natural mountain cascades of the Sierras. And the result comes surprisingly close to its goal; to be sure, there is an awful lot of concrete imitating nature (were real boulders too hard to come by?), but all the angles and planes combine to create a splendid splash. By the way, the splashes from both the Lovejoy and Keller fountains have their origins in a "source" fountain found in Pettygrove Park, one block north of here.
* Through diligence and hard work, skateboarders managed to grind the concrete down to its rebar on portions of this fountain.
Lawrence Halprin was one of the greatest names in outdoor design in the 20th century. While he is best known for his Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial in Washington, D.C., the Halprin fountains in this part of Portland have been compared to the Vietnam Memorial in terms of their impact on landscape design.