Scott Fountain, Belle Isle Park in Detroit
This is an acrylic fridge magnet souvenir of James Scott's homage to himself, the Scott Fountain in Belle Isle Park, Detroit Michigan, United States. The James Scott Memorial Fountain in Detroit, Michigan, USA, was designed by architect Cass Gilbert and sculptor Herbert Adams. Located in Belle Isle Park, the fountain was completed in 1925 at a cost of $500,000. The lower bowl has a diameter of 160 metres and the central spray reaches 38 metres. The fountain honors the controversial James Scott, who left $200,000 to the City of Detroit for a fountain in tribute to himself. Scott was left a sizable fortune by his father who invested in Detroit real estate. According to contemporaries, Scott gambled and told off-color stories. He was described by twentieth-century author W. Hawkins Ferry as vindictive and a misanthrope who attempted to intimidate his business competitors and when this was unsuccessful, he filed suit.
Scott's Statue Hidden Behind The Fountain
Scott died in 1910 with no heirs or colleagues and he bequeathed his estate to the City of Detroit with the condition that the fountain include a life-sized statue of him. Some accounts state that the will required that the statue be at the fountain's pinnacle. Several community and religious leaders spoke against accepting the bequest saying that a person with Scott's reputation should not be immortalized in the city. Mayor Philip Breitmeyer and City Council President David Heineman urged accepting the gift saying that the city shouldn't insult any of its citizens by refusing such a generous offer. While the debate raged, Scott's fortune continued to grow and by the time construction commenced it topped $1 million. The final design placed Scott's statue in an inconspicuous spot behind the fountain. Architect Cass Gilbert 's other works include the U. S. Supreme Court building in Washington, DC.