Artist: Gage, Merrell ( artist) Ralph C. Flewelling ( architect)
Title: " Electric Fountain"
Location: Santa Monica and Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills ( part of the Beverly Gardens)
Date of Manufacture: unidentified
Date of Installation: 1931
Foundry or Fabrication: unidentified
Dimensions: pool diameter 50'-0"
Plaque: Yes. Located on wall behind fountain.
Inscriptions: This ground was purchased and developed/ into a park by the property owners of Beverly Hills north of Santa Monica/ Boulevard who have donated it to the city, all under the sponsorship of/ The Beverly Hills residential/ Protective Association/ names/ Dedicated A.D. 1931/ For this fountain/ Ralph C. Flewelling- Architect/ Merrell Cage- Sculptor
Siting: The fountain is located on the NE corner of Wilshire and Santa Monica on Santa Monica Blvd. In Beverly Hills. The fountain is located at the entrance to the park on Santa Monica Blvd. There is a constant high volume of traffic located at the intersection approximately 30'-0" away.
Description: The fountain has a cast concrete female figure of a Native American by artist Merrell Gage mounted on a square concrete shaft, which rises from a cylindrical splash basin. The basin has a frieze of relief carvings, which depict various scenes from California history. Located just above the frieze are ten cast stone dogs' heads. This is surrounded by a 50'-0" pool with two rows of blue and white glazed terracotta tiles on the exterior of the pool wall. The interior of the basin is tiled with light blue colored tiles. A broad promenade with a low wall, trimmed hedges and concrete benches along the perimeter completes the structure. The promenade surrounding the fountain is tiled with predominantly unglazed terracotta tiles with smaller square tiles with stylized scenes of work inserted in the floor plan every 5th tile. There are also small square sand and blue colored tiles located in the central band of the walkway.
- The artist was educated at the Arts Students League in New York, the Beaux Arts Institute of Design, and the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris. He taught sculpture at USC and Chouinard School of Art in Los Angeles. ( L.A. Times, 8/31/1930)
- A request for determination for eligibility for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places was made for Beverly Gardens. The report was prepared by Lois M. Webb and George Casen, Heritage Preservation Specialists in the Environmental Planning Branch of the California Department of Transportation, District 7.