Cincinnati's Union Terminal Fountain Will Flow Again This Friday

After three summers of restoration work at the historic landmark, the museum is turning its iconic fountain on again

May 15, 2019 at 8:01 am
Fountain outside of Union Terminal - Photo: Devin Luginbill
Photo: Devin Luginbill
Fountain outside of Union Terminal

The massive fountain outside of Union Terminal (home to the Cincinnati Museum Center) has been out of operation for the past three summers. But it's about to flow again.

The fountain was shut off as workers restored various pieces throughout the historic building. After much anticipation, the museum announced in a press release on Wednesday morning that the fountain will be turned back on this Friday, May 17 at 10 a.m. 

"As part of Union Terminal’s historic restoration, the fountain was completely removed to allow crews to waterproof the plaza, which sits above portions of the Museum of Natural History & Science and Cincinnati History Museum and the entire Duke Energy Children’s Museum," Cody Heffner, CMC's Director of Communication explains. "In the process, 2,300 historic pieces of limestone and granite were surveyed, tagged and removed before the fountain was rebuilt."

According to Heffner, the fountain was rebuilt to its exact original specifications. That means it now looks a little different than most of us probably remember.

"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," Heffner says. 

In order to rebuild the 8,000 sq. ft. fountain, workers had to install a new sump pump holding 44,000 gallons of water and circulating 2.4 million gallons every day. The museum brought in 57 concrete trucks holding 450 cubic yards of concrete to construct the fountain.

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10 a.m. May 17. Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave. Queensgate

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