Erected in 1899, the Corning Fountain was presented by John Corning (Corning Glass Works of New York) as a tribute to his father, a Hartford businessman who operated a grist mill on the site. Designed by James Massey Rhind of New York, the sculpture uses a Native American theme, rather than a classical one, which would have been more typical of the period. The monument is made of marble and stone, 30 feet tall, with the figure of a stag (or “Hart” for Hartford) surrounded by Saukiog Indians, the city’s first inhabitants.

Photo by George A. Chien