Despite California’s ongoing drought, Claremont fountains still use water (hopefully recycled) for our enjoyment.
These koi and lily pads enjoy the water in the Harvey Mudd College Venus Fountain in Hixon Court.
In Claremontography’s last report of Pomona College Fountains, it was lamented that the ballet fountain was no longer there. But, joy of joys, it has returned! Not quite as a fountain, but the lovely dancing sculpture is back.
It remains the centerpiece in the courtyard between the Art Museum and the Thatcher Music Building, along with these other works of art.
Pomona College, the oldest and largest of the Claremont Consortium, has the most fountains.
The biggest one in Bixby Plaza doesn’t have water in it right now. I learned from this website that it is called the Bosbyshell Fountain.
This fountain in the Stanley Quad has the prettiest blue tiles.
These are (l to r) at the Coop, in front of Frank Dining Hall, and at the new dorm.
But I think my favorite one is at the Turrell. It’s not really a fountain, but a great water feature.
There used to be what we called the ballet fountain between the music building and art museum, but someone told me that the ballet sculpture fell off or broke, so it looks like a big cement hole now. This is what it used to look like:
Then there is also the Lebus Courtyard fountain, with this photo taken in January….
It is entirely possible that I have missed a fountain, or two. If and when I find one, I will add them.
A new Mexican restaurant in Claremont is always worth a try. The original Elvira’s (pronounced El-vee-ra, according to the Courier article) in Upland sits outside our regular field of vision, but we had been once and really enjoyed it. Now the new location has opened in the Old School House, Claremont’s first high school, on the corner of Indian Hill and Foothill Blvds.
The official front door is on the west side facing Trader Joe’s, but one can also enter the back door near Indian Hill and walk through the restaurant to request a seat.
The interior is in the former high school library, and there are lovely high ceilings in this room. The room next door near the bar is darker and louder. So next time I will try to sit in this room with the original restored art.
I hope that someday Elvira’s will have outdoor seating, even though there are many tables inside.
I can vouch for the spinach enchiladas – they had lots of flavor!
With the weather heating up and not giving us June Gloom for a while, it’s time to think about staying cool and maybe dipping feet into fountains.
Most of Scripps Colleges fountains don’t have water in them right now.
This one in the Margaret Fowler Garden does have water flowing.
You might not want to actually put your feet in here, but with all the surrounding greenery, it’s a cool place to escape the heat as well as the hustle and bustle of the outside world.
Historic photos of the fountain can be seen here.
When our girls were young, we used to take a Fountain Tour of the colleges. We would ride our bikes through the five undergrad campuses and try to ride by every single fountain.
Harvey Mudd College has three fountains, all of which have water running right now. The main and biggest fountain is the Venus Fountain in Hixon Court. The Venus in the middle is from Italy and was made by Giovanni Bologna in the Renaissance. Years ago it was referred to as the ratio fountain because there was a ratio of four men per woman on campus. Times have changed, and it is much closer to 50:50.
This fountain is more of a contemplative water piece and is tucked away on northwest end of campus. There are benches for quiet reflection.
The third fountain is in front of the Linde Activities Center (the LAC).