A Cherokee Park landmark is ready for visitors again after Olmsted Parks Conservancy’s $350,000 restoration project.
Hogan’s Fountain on the park’s Scenic Loop has been separated from road traffic by decorative islands filled with flowers, creating a more inviting environment in which to appreciate this local landmark. Nine inches of asphalt were removed from the area surrounding the fountain, and the original cobblestones underneath were salvaged and re-installed.
Suzanne Hornung, an Olmsted Parks supporter for more than 70 years, was invited to cut the ribbon at the official opening on May 31. She was surprised with a large print of a photograph of herself as a teenager, taken in front of the fountain.
“Improvements to the Hogan’s Fountain area not only showcase this Enid Yandell-designed landmark, but they also protect the fountain and visitors to the fountain from nearby traffic,” said Layla George, Olmsted Parks Conservancy President and CEO. “What this project does is create a public gathering space and a respite from city life, which is central to Olmsted’s vision for our park system.”
Hogan’s Fountain was created in 1903-1904 by Louisville artist Enid Yandell. The fountain was commissioned by prominent merchants Mr. and Mrs. William J. Hogan who gifted the fountain to the city in 1904. Originally intended as a watering fountain for horses and dogs, it continues to be a refreshing destination for park visitors with four-legged friends. This $350,000 project was fully funded by Olmsted Parks Conservancy members.
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