Fay’s Fountain — Vernacular in the Park

Another Iowa vernacular masterpiece built by Father Paul Dobberstein, creator of the Grotto of the Redemption. Dobberstein was commissioned to built this memorial, officially called the Liberty Fountain, in honor of Fay Hessian, a young girl who died from tuberculosis in 1912. The fountain was dedicated in 1918 and restored in 2011. It sits in a park in Humboldt, Iowa, with organic shapes and encrustations that make it unlike any city park fountain I’ve ever seen.

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