Lotta's Fountain

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Lotta Crabtree Fountain
Location Market, Geary, and Kearny Sts., San Francisco, California
Coordinates 37°47′17″N 122°24′13″W / 37.78806°N 122.40361°W / 37.78806; -122.40361Coordinates: 37°47′17″N 122°24′13″W / 37.78806°N 122.40361°W / 37.78806; -122.40361
Area 0.1 acres (0.040 ha)
Built 1875
Governing body Local
NRHP Reference # 75000475[1]
SFDL # 73
Significant dates
Added to NRHP June 20, 1975
Designated SFDL 1975[2]

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.


Lotta's Fountain in 1905, looking east along Market Street, the San Francisco Ferry Building's clock tower in the distance.

It was dedicated on September 9, 1875. [3]

The cast iron fountain served as a meeting point, during the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire aftermath, and a metal panel on the side of the fountain indicates this. Another panel also mentions legendary opera soprano Luisa Tetrazzini, who sang for people at the fountain on Christmas Eve, 1910. The plaque was installed in 1911. The cast pillar was donated to San Francisco by the entertainer Lotta Crabtree, in 1916.

Commemorations of the earthquake, including a dwindling pool of survivors, are held every year at 5:12 a.m. on April 18 at the intersection. It was relocated in 1974.

In 1999, the fountain, which had suffered neglect in the past decades, was totally refurbished to its 1875 appearance. It is painted with a metallic gold-brown paint. The lion's head-motif fountain stations located on the sides of the column flow during daytime hours.

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  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  2. ^ "City of San Francisco Designated Landmarks". City of San Francisco. Retrieved 2012-10-21. 
  3. ^ "Lotta's Fountain, (sculpture).". Save Outdoor Sculpture, California, San Francisco survey. 1994. Retrieved December 27, 2011. 


  • O'Brien, Robert This is San Francisco Chronicle Books 1994, reprint from 1948

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