Lotta's fountain is a historical fountain located at the intersection of Market Street, where Geary and Kearny Streets connect in downtown San Francisco, California.Put Lotta's Fountain into our San Francisco trip builder and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
The cast-iron fountain, commission by actress Lotta Crabtree as a gift to the city of San Francisco, was dedicated September 9, 1875. During its centennial it designated both a San Francisco Designated Landmarks and the U.S National Historic Places.
A plaque commemorates its role as a meeting point in the aftermath 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire. Another plaque mentions legendary opera soprano Luisa Tetrazzini, who sang for the people of San Francisco at the fountain on Christmas Eve, 1910. The bronze column was added in 1916 to match the height of new lights being installed along Market Street.
It was relocated from its original location at 3rd, Market and Kearny in 1974 during the renovation of Market Street. In 1999 the fountain, neglected, was totally refurbished to its 1875 appearance, repainted a metallic gold-brown. Its lion's-head spigots flow during daytime hours.
In 1919, a commemoration of the earthquake was started that still occurs annually. The South of Market Boys, a fraternal drinking organization, hung a wreath on the fountain. Since then, survivors of the earthquake gathered every year at 5:12 a.m. on April 18 at the intersection. After the 2015 anniversary, the last two survivors of the earthquake died. In 2016, the tradition continued as more than 200 participants, many in period costuming, gathered to commemorate all victims of the earthquake and to draw attention to earthquake preparedness.
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Lotta's Fountain is a cool piece of SF history...worth the detour if you have a chance. A plaque commemorates its role as a meeting point in the aftermath of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire... more »
The fountain was donated as a gift to the City of San Francisco by actress Lotta Crabtree in 1875 and was located on Market Street. After the 1906 Great San Francisco earthquake and fire, the fountain... more »
A beautiful fountain which was the first part of our SF tour. SF is a very beautiful city that has so much to see and do.
Love that it's been renovated. As a native San Franciscan I remember the original before it was fixed for the 100th anniversary of the 1906 earthquake.
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