The Cleveland Cascade

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Designed by architect Howard Gilkey in the 1920’s as a series of cascading pools lit by colored lights at night, this graceful fountain that faces Lake Merritt fell into disrepair by the 1950’s.  By the 1990’s it was completely covered and looked like a weedy litter strewn vacant lot.  The community around it organized in 2004 to begin excavation and restoration.  Volunteers have given thousands of hours of labor to restore it to loveliness.  You can see wonderful before, during and after pictures on their website:  http://clevelandcascade.org/wp/

Check it out on Lakeshore Avenue, near Brooklyn Avenue.

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