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2014 White House Ornament

Andrew W. Mellon Memorial Water Fountain

On July 1947, Congress ordered the construction of a memorial fountain in front of the National Gallery. The fountain was completed in 1952. Just below the outside lip of the large bronze fountain basin are twelve zodiac symbols designed by Sidney Waugh. He also did figural public sculpture including work at the National Archives and the Federal Reserve Board buildings.

Mellon, Andrew William (1855-1937) — of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pa. Born in Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pa., March 24, 1855. Republican. Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1920, 1924; U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, 1921-32; U.S. Ambassador to Great Britain, 1932-33. Died in Southampton, Suffolk County, Long Island, N.Y., August 26, 1937. Original interment at Allegheny Cemetery, Pittsburgh, Pa.; subsequent interment at a private or family graveyard, Fauquier County, Va.; reinterment at Trinity Episcopal Church Cemetery, Upperville, Va.

An interesting note is that Pennsylvania Avenue lines up precisely with the same angle as Pisces faces Virgo in the zodiac fountain.

Location: The intersection of Pennsylvania, and Constitution Avenues on the eastern tip of the Federal Triangle.

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