Wallace Fountains of Paris – Welcome
Wallace Fountains of Paris have been dispensing clean drinking water to residents and visitors for almost 150 years. The original fountains were a gift to the people of Paris from Sir Richard Wallace, an Englishman. These public drinking fountains have great historic, artistic, cultural and social significance. They also represent the best of public/private partnerships for the common good, as well as being one of the most beloved and iconic symbols of Paris. At this website you can:
• Learn about the Wallace Fountains – Discover the history of the Wallace Fountains and learn about their donor, Sir Richard Wallace by clicking on Wallace & His Fountains.
• Take Walking Tours of Paris to Find the Fountains – Discover Paris by searching for the 103 Wallace Fountains scattered throughout the city. There are 21 Self-guided Walks available to download from this site. Take the walking tours and explore Paris with a purpose. When you find the fountains, you find the real Paris.
• Share your Discoveries with Others – Use your social media to share your discoveries, observations, photos and opinions about the Wallace Fountains. We encourage you to post comments about your adventures on the streets of Paris while looking for the fountains. Help us spread the word about these iconic treasures of historic and artistic importance.
• Help Promote, Preserve and Protect the Fountains – Become a member of the Society of the Wallace Fountains and support its mission to promote, preserve and protect the Wallace Fountains of Paris. At this site, you also can become a Friend of the Fountains by finding all the fountains, reporting a malfunctioning or vandalized fountain so it can be quickly repaired, or by making a donation to ensure the fountains continue to exist for generations to come.