Charleston Pineapple Fountain At Sunrise
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Waterfront Park in historic Charleston, South Carolina is the site of this stunning fountain at sunrise. It is one of my favorite places in Charleston and well worth a visit for a scenic stroll, especially in the morning or evening, when this fountain is lighted and in it's best light. This photo captures one of the two fountains here, in the early morning just before sunrise in Autumn.
Waterfront Park encompasses eight-acres along approximately one-half mile of the Cooper River in Charleston, South Carolina. The park received the 2007 Landmark Award from the American Society of Landscape Architects and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
The location of the park, between Vendue Range to the north and Adger's Wharf to the south, had historically been a center of maritime traffic with several wharves and shipping terminals. The area entered a long period of decline, capped in June 1955 by a fire at a steamship terminal at the site. By 1980, the site was an "overgrown area marred by charred pilings and gravel parking lots."
Mayor Joseph P. Riley, Jr. began making plans for a park on the site soon after taking office in 1975. Acquisition of land began in 1979, and after more than a decade of planning, fund-raising and clearing environmental hurdles, the parks department and Ruscon Construction Co. broke ground in 1988. Work on the $13 million park progressed into 1989, and a target opening date was set for May 4, 1990. In September 1989, Hurricane Hugo struck, causing about $1 million of damage to the park. Nevertheless, the park opened on May 11, just one week past the pre-hurricane projection.
My original photograph has a slight watercolor painting effect applied.
November 14th, 2019
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