Elorza Administration Fills In Iconic Federal Hill Fountain

Wednesday, June 06, 2018


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The fountain at DePasquale Square was partially filled-in on Tuesday. Photo: MarroccoFB

The City of Providence has filled in the historic fountain at DePasquale Square on Federal Hill. 

Restaurant owner Gianfranco Marrocco, who owns the Hotel Dolce Vita and Blend on the square as well as other establishments on the Hill, took the photos on Tuesday, ahead of the annual Federal Hill Stroll.

"The City of Providence couldn't fix the fountain so they put flowers in it to make it look like a funeral," wrote Marrocco. 

The Providence-Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau writes of the iconic landmark:

If Garibaldi Park and the Gateway Arch are the welcoming arms of Federal Hill, DePasquale Square is its beating heart. The quatrefoil fountain and wide plaza are part of the Federal Hill revitalization effort. Back in the day, however, tens of thousands of immigrant families packed into these narrow streets and triple-deckers.

The Cappelli Block was completed in 1909 by Antonio Cappelli, one of the earliest Italian arrivals on the Hill, when Irish immigrants dominated the avenue. Along these streets, too, were the famous pushcarts, selling every variety of fruit and vegetable.


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