Buy a Brick to Support The Public Market Historic Fountain

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A Historic Market Icon is Back!

An iconic piece of City of Rochester Public Market  history is back after 90 years -- and you can have a visible commemorative presence along with it. Read on... 

When the City of Rochester Public Market opened on its North Union Street site in 1905, it was one of only 125 prominent public places around the country to receive a limited edition, six-ton granite fountain.  Designed primarily to serve horses--the primary transportation mode of that time--these fountains also made fresh water available to people and even dogs.  These fountains were gifted by the National Humane Alliance as a practical expression of its animal welfare mission.

The Public Market's fountain was an important functional feature and also an icon of the early Market,  and can be seen in many early Market photographs. But by 1930, cars and trucks had replaced horses as the primary transportation mode--the fountain was deemed an obsolete obstacle, and was unceremoniously hauled off the Market in the early thirties.  Its whereabouts are still unknown today.

In late 2017, by remarkable strokes of luck, Market staff discovered one of the original 125 fountains sitting on private property not far from Rochester.  The City was able to acquire this fountain, renovate and re-plumb it, and set it on the Market in a custom-designed courtyard between the Market Office house and indoor “B” Shed. On Saturday, September 28, 2019, Mayor Warren and hundreds gathered to triumphantly unveil the restored fountain. Mounted police horses were on hand as well, to take ceremonial slurps from it! 

This fountain is not only a tremendous historical acquisition--it will make the Market an even better public place and space.  It will be a magnet for gathering--gathering of friends, family, colleagues, and a place where folks will cease to become 'strangers' to one another! 

Be Part of the Fountain Courtyard, and Support Market Community Initiatives, with a Custom-Engraved Commemorative Brick

You can support the fountain project itself, and additional Market community programs, by ordering a custom-engraved commemorative brick to be included in a brick feature that will accompany the fountain ($300).  These are large, original Market bricks that were salvaged and stored during the Market renovation-expansion project of 2016-2017.  Only about 350 of these bricks are available, first come-first served!  With a brick purchase, you/your family/your business will not only have a very visible, long-term presence in what is sure to become a very prominent place within an already prominent community place--you will also be supporting this wonderful historical and community project, along with other Market initiatives.  What's more, brick orders will help the Market achieve a $7,500 "challenge grant" from Rochester Area CommunityFoundation!   

Brick Ordering

To order and pay via check: Complete a fillable order form, print, and send in via U.S. Mail with a check.  Make your check out to "Friends of the Rochester Public Market" and mail to City of Rochester Public Market, 280 North Union Street, Rochester NY 14609. Include attn: Margaret O'Neill.

To order and pay via credit card or Pay Pal:  Go to; you will be redirected to the Friends of the Rochester Public Market web site.  The Friends, the Market's non -profit partner organization, is administering this project for the Market. At their site,  you can submit an order and pay with these electronic methods.

Special Thanks to Essential Partners and Supporters

This project wouldn't have been nearly as easy or exciting without the support of: 

Friends of the Rochester Public Market,  the Market's non-profit partner.  The Friends are providing fiscal and administrative support of the project.

Ellen Gugel and The Gugel Family, for generous contributions to support the project.

Roz Goldman, for providing an expert appraisal of the fountain.

Rochester AreaCommunity Foundation, for a $7,500 challenge grant--such grants not only support the project directly but strongly encourage additional needed support.

MarketDistrict Business Association, for a generous contribution to support the project.

C.P. Ward and Steve Phillips, for expert and fast work on the moving and renovation of the fountain, and the design and build of the fountain courtyard.

Jack Walsh of Derby, Connecticut, a dedicated fan of all the National Humane Alliance fountains nationwide, whose web site and social media platforms about the fountains, and assistance getting the City connected to an available fountain, was instrumental in this project.   

Scott Wagner, for connecting the Market with the Gugel family!

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