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Mulholland Fountain in Los Feliz prepares for a major makeover

LOS FELIZ — The landmark Mulholland Memorial fountain will go dry for the next month as damaged plaster is removed and the structure is inspected in preparation for extensive renovations and repairs next year.

The Los Feliz Ledger last fall reported that the plaster of the 77-year-old fountain became damaged after its use was limited during the drought, contributing to the deterioration of the surface. But that cracked plaster is one of many problems that need to be repaired, according to the L.A. Department of Water and Power, which operates the fountain at the southwest corner of busy Los Feliz Boulevard and Riverside Drive.

“Unfortunately time has taken its toll on the structure,” water agency executive Richard Harasick in a statement. “Its plaster is delaminating, the concrete is buckling and the overall mechanics need a serious tune-up. This closure is necessary so we can properly plan how to bring this monument back to its former glory.”

The fountain will be out of service through the end of May, when it will be re-filled after the plaster removal and exploratory work are completed. But expect it to be out of commission again in the fall of 2018 for the major renovation, which will improve water and energy efficiency and upgrade the lights and pumps. However, the “original integrity of the design” will be maintained, according the agency.

The fountain commemorates William Mulholland, LADWP’s first water superintendent and chief engineer responsible for the construction of the Los Angeles Aqueduct.

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2 comments

  1. Wasn’t it just it just repaired a few years ago? I vaguely remember the fountain being off at least a year and the occasional workers out there.

  2. David Rocket Rowley

    The fountain was repaired and began deteriorating immediatly. The work was done improperly and the plaster was coming off and the fountain was leaking . The excuse the city gave is that because the fountain was dry due to drought. The fountain has been dry several times before and this never happened. The city needs to build the pool like the Griffith Park Pool. Dry every winter and no delaminating plaster.

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