Updated: Monday, February 16, 2015 – 4:45 PM
The City Council is slated to approve donations and appropriate funds to begin the restoration and renovation of the Electric Fountain in the Beverly Gardens Park #21, at Whittier and Wilshire.
Donations in the amount of $587,745 to the City of Beverly Hills Community Charitable Foundation (CBHCCF – the City’s non-profit founded to accept charitable gifts); in-kind donations of pre-paid design work in the amount of $239,205; and $265,000 allocated from available General Funds in advance of pledged donations totaling $265,000 – and matching funds that total $1,091,950 – means the City is poised to begin the project. The sum total of all contracts, including contingencies, is $1,944,695.
The project architect is Mia Lehrer & Associates, the firm responsible for the very successful renovation of the Lily Pond at Beverly and Canon Drives.
Electric fountain is said to have stopped traffic for hours when unveiled in 1931. Originally, the Fountain’s water jets and color effects were timed to give 60 different combinations every 8 minutes. Total cost of the Fountain was $22,000, $8,000 of which was spent for electrical equipment and wiring.
Beneath the fountain a room holds the most state-of-the art equipment for the time. All of this will be updated and modernized.
1931, Robert Merrell Gage (sculptor), Ralph Carlin Flewelling (architect). Wilshire at Santa Monica