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Iconic Hart Plaza fountain in Detroit to get renovation: What will be done

The facelift for the Dodge and Son Memorial Fountain at Hart Plaza will begin Tuesday and stretch into spring, the city of Detroit announced.

It’s been a long time coming for the iconic fountain, which is located smack in the middle of Hart Plaza, according to Detroit’s Construction and Demolition Director, LaJuan Counts. In a news release, Counts said the entire process will take several months and include removing panels from the fountain’s dome, along with repairing water jets and lighting before reassembling the masterpiece.

Hart Plaza’s Horace E. Dodge and Son Memorial Fountain will see new life as preparations for repairs begin on Tuesday, Oct. 10 in downtown Detroit. The city’s Construction and Demolition Department is leading the effort to restore the Dodge Fountain by spring 2024.

“The prospect of giving this iconic space a much-needed facelift and restoring the fountain to its former glory fills us with immense pride,” said Counts. “This fountain is truly one of a kind, and reviving it is no small feat.”

The makeover of the fountain will come as a first since its original conception in the late 1970s.


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