Mulholland Fountain to go dry for the rest of the year

Photo by TkkSummers/Flickr

If there is a benefit to being stuck in traffic at Los Feliz Boulevard and Riverside Drive it is catching sight of the Mulholland Memorial Fountain as it shoots water nearly 50 feet into the air. But, perhaps as early next week, the 72-year-old fountain dedicated to William Mulholland, the legendary Los Angeles engineer who built a system of aqueducts and water pipelines, will stop flowing and be drained for the remainder of the year to make necessary repairs, said the L.A. Department of Water and Power.

The repairs to the 90-foot wide fountain are scheduled to be completed by the end of December and in time for next year’s centennial celebration of the Los Angeles Aqueduct.  The DWP provided a summary  of the work:

During the repairs, LADWP will replace broken fountain lights, and clean and recoat the fountain base and adjoining concrete wall to eliminate leaks. LADWP will also be inspecting and repairing the grounds to ensure that the lights and meter box are working properly. Existing signage will be replaced, benches in the area will be pressured washed and cleared of graffiti, and the commemorative plaque will be cleaned. Lastly, LADWP will replace the flagpole security box and landscape the facility.

The Los Feliz fountain is expected to be fenced off this week and drained next week.  The work is scheduled to be completed by the end of December.



  1. This is a very popular photo site for weddings…I’ve driven past on weekends and seen three to five parties staging their shoots…hope the word gets out to wedding planners….
    (It does make for a beautiful backdrop…)

  2. Loved it as a kid – does it still change colors at night?

  3. Check out the following website which has some wonderful photos of the Mulholland Fountain when it was first installed in 1940. There are also hundreds of early pictures of Los Angeles. Great Site!


  4. An L.A. Landmark. When you’d give directions you’d say “Los Feliz and Riverside……………. You know, at the Fountain”.

  5. Sure would be nice if they bothered to water the grass in that area. Looks like a blight.

  6. I believe this fountain is on or near the site where Mulholland lived in a small shack-like structure when he managed the Crystal Springs Water Company, the precursor to the DWP. That is where the company siphoned off water from the LA River for the city. Across the street at the entrance to Griffith Park, Riverside Drive becomes Crystal Springs Drive.

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