Horace E. Dodge and Son Memorial Fountain

1 Hart Plaza Detroit

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Horace E. Dodge and Son Memorial Fountain

Located at the center of Hart Plaza, the Horace E. Dodge and Son Memorial Fountain was designed by Isamu Noguchi in 1978 and built in 1981. Anna Thompson Dodge gave the City of Detroit $1 million towards the construction of a fountain in memory of her late husband and son. The stainless steel fountain is composed of two legs topped by a ring to the height of 30 feet above a circular, black granite pool. The fountain contains 300 jets and 300 lights and has intricate and computerized lighting and nozzle functions, which can create different configurations, dependent on temperature.

Anna Thompson Dodge

Anna Thompson Dodge (7 August 1866 – 2 June 1970) was one of the richest women in the world at the time of her death.

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She was born on 7 August 1866 in Dundee, Scotland, as Anna Thompson. In 1896, she married Horace Elgin Dodge, Sr., of Dodge Brothers Company. The couple had a son, Horace Elgin Dodge, Jr., and a daughter, Delphine Dodge.

After her husband died, she became a substantial owner of Dodge. She and her brother-in-law's widow Matilda sold the company in 1926 for US $146 million to Dillon, Read & Co., which was the largest cash transaction in history at the time.

She died on 2 June 1970 at her home, Rose Terrace, in Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan, at the age of 103.

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