Union Terminal fountain springs back to life

Union Terminal's historic fountain turned back on following restoration

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Union Terminal’s iconic fountain is back in operation after three summers without it.

The fountain was turned back on at 10 a.m. Friday morning.

As part of Union Terminal’s restoration, the fountain was completely removed to allow crews to waterproof the plaza.

Officials said in the process, 2,300 historic pieces of limestone and granite were surveyed, tagged and removed before the fountain was rebuilt.

To rebuild the 8,000-square-foot fountain, 57 concrete trucks brought in 450 cubic yards of concrete. The fountain and new pump system now holds a combined 44,000 gallons of water, circulated at a rate of 2.4 million gallons per day.

“The fountain was rebuilt to the exact specifications of the original but may look slightly different. The fountain itself swapped the recent green paint for a pigmented terrazzo with a rustic finish, which originally covered the fountain but had gradually been lost over the decades,” Director of Communications Cody Hefner said.

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