This photo was taken about a month ago by J. Bary who has been documenting the ongoing construction at Washington Square Park. It’s funny because the Fountain location looks a bit … off-center — not aligned to the Arch. (Part of the City’s plan is moving the historic Fountain 23 feet east to “align” with the Arch at Fifth Avenue.) Wouldn’t that be ironic?
Of course, if the City really wanted to maintain “historic” details of Washington Square Park (as their schematic “plans” lay out… “bringing the lawn up to historic grade,” “historic plazas” modeled after the “1871 design”), they would leave the Fountain in the location it inhabited since the 1870’s, unaligned with the famous Arch. That way worked just fine – thank you very much – for over a century.
Then there’s the detail that the Fountain in the 1870 location was centered: Centered to the east-west axis of the Park. It was the center, symbolically and architecturally, of Washington Square Park.
That’s symmetry that makes sense.