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Holler Fountain

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Institution Name: Stetson University
Original/Historic Place Name: Holler Fountain
Location on Campus: 132 E. Minnesota Ave.
Date(s) of Construction and Designer(s):
1937original construction
2002restoration Unknown
Type of Place: Landscape site
Type of landscape–
Constructed water features:
Aqua-lux fountain with water and light displays.
Other characteristics:
Yes
Materials: cast iron basin, mounted on cast iron pedestal in circular cement pool, surrounded by brick paved walkway
    Function:
ca. 1937-present (2007)outdoor space

Significance: architecture, education
Landmark designation:
none
Narrative: see below
References: see below
 

Narrative:
In 1951, the Holler Fountain was installed as the centerpiece of Stetson's Quadrangle, bounded by Elizabeth Hall, Sampson Hall, the duPont-Ball Library and Stetson Hall. It was a gift from William E. Holler Jr. of DeLand, to honor his father, William E. Holler of Mount Dora. It was restored in 2002 and is in excellent condition.

Lawns, benches and walkways surround Holler Fountain. It is a common meeting place on campus, and classes are often held outdoors nearby. It is also used for student debates and outdoor university receptions on occasions like homecoming or graduation.

A longstanding Stetson student tradition is to throw fellow students into Holler Fountain on their birthdays.
 

References:
I. Bibliographic sources:

Johnston, Sidney. "The Historic Stetson University Campus in DeLand, 1884-1934." Florida Historical Quarterly (January 1992): 281-304.

Lycan, Gilbert L. Stetson University: The First Hundred Years. DeLand, FL: Stetson University Press, 1983.

A Walk with the Founders: Stetson University Campus Historic District. Booklet. [DeLand, FL: Stetson University/Public Relations Office], 1996.

II. Location of other data:
University: Special Collections
 

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